Johnson urged not to reduce pressure on Russia due to the annexation of the Crimea


The article on the fourth anniversary of the capture of the Crimea by Russia, the British foreign Secretary called for "resolutely and deliberately" to resist the Kremlin.

The world community must recognize the horrific consequences of the Russian annexation of Crimea and to double the commitment to protect common values and respect for international law, wrote the Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain Boris Johnson in an article published on 22 February on the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the capture of the Crimea Russia.

In the article Johnson recalls that, as Putin himself said in a released in 2015, the documentary "Crimea. The way Home" that the decision to capture the Peninsula was made at a meeting in the Kremlin on February 22, 2014.

Thus the decision about the rejection of the Crimea was made three weeks before "bogus" and "sham" referendum, which the Kremlin has tried to give a patina of legitimacy for their actions. All later statements by Putin on the protection of the people and fulfilling their wishes was "infinitely false," notes Johnson.

According to Johnson, should be strongly and carefully to confront Russia. It means the preservation of the Crimea-related sanctions against Moscow as long as the region remains under the control of the Kremlin, and continued sanctions until Minsk agreement are not met.

These measures must demonstrate that "no country, regardless of its size, cannot separate their neighbors and to break international law without consequences".

Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko told on his trip to the Crimea on 27 February 2014 to resolve the situation on the Peninsula.

Source: Russian service DW

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