Lavrov claims that Russia did not violate its commitments on the Budapest Memorandum when it annexed Crimea. Moreover, he claimed that Ukraine began to exist within other state borders and Moscow is ready to respect them.
‘We continue to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine within the borders that occurred after the referendum in Crimea and reunion of Crimea with Russia. I remind that we did not apply and threaten Ukraine with the nuclear weaponry and there was no violation of the memorandum. Also, Ukraine claimed to take the responsibility not to encourage the racist and neo-Nazi attitudes in the separate statement on the sidelines of the memorandum’, he claimed.
He noted that the issue of Crimean belonging is over for Russia and it cannot be discussed within the Minks Talks on Donbas. According to Lavrov, Russian intends to stay the adherer of the document.
‘Ukraine signed the Minsk Agreements that do not concern the issue of Crimea. These agreements should be fulfilled’, he stated.
As we reported the State Duma of Russia proposed to denounce the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Russia and Ukraine in the part where the countries recognize the territorial boundaries of each other.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. The Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. October 7, 2015, President Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of the Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of the Russian Federation. Western countries have introduced a number of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it "the restoration of historical justice."