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Russia blocks UN Security Council draft statement on Crimea

The statement was drafted by Ukrainian delegation in response to Crimea's accession to Russia's Southern Federal District.

Russia blocked a Ukrainian draft of UN Security Council press statement on Crimea.

LB.ua learned on 29 July from diplomatic sources that the document stated that the Security Council members express deep concern about the 28 July 2016 decision of the President of Russian Federation on the inclusion of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation.

"[The members of Security Council] recall of the relevant provisions of the UN Charter, the statement of the S / 26118 of 20 July 1993, the Security Council and Resolution 68/262 of the UN General Assembly as of March 27, 2014." The territorial integrity of Ukraine ", and confirmed the full respect of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine," the document read.

As reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed hopes that the sanctions against the occupied Crimea will be extended to the territory of the Southern Federal District of Russia, in which the peninsula was included on 28 July.

"We believe that serious partners like international organizations and states will extend the sanctions slammed on the occupied Crimea to the territory of the Southern Federal District of Russia," deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Kyslytsya told reporters.