“We condemn the World Travel Awards’ decision to include Mriya Resort & Spa in Russia-occupied Crimea into Europe Nominees 2019. This is shame and co-sponsorship of a breach of international law by Russia. Since 2018 U.S. sanctions have targeted Mriya Resort & Spa because Crimea is Ukraine,” the embassy emphasized.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporary occupied territory.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the day of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 2015, then President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.
The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. West imposed the number of sanctions against Russia.
Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.