The resolution expresses a strong call for Russia to withdraw its armed forces from Crimea and end its occupation of Ukrainian territory.
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The General Assembly of the United Nations supported the draft resolution on “the Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black and Azov seas”.

Stream session of the UNGA in new York was held at the organization’s website.

Voted for the 66 countries voted “Nay,” 19 countries “abstained” – 72. To support this resolution required a two-thirds majority of the member countries of the UN.

The resolution expresses a strong call for the Russian Federation to withdraw its armed forces from Crimea and end its occupation of Ukrainian territory.

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The resolution also calls on Russia to stop harassing commercial vessels as well as restrict international navigation in the Black and Azov seas.

As reported by the Permanent mission of Ukraine to the UN, the resolution noted that “the presence of Russian troops in the Crimea contrary to the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and undermine the security and stability of neighbouring countries and Europe”.

Also expresses serious concern about the progressive militarization of Crimea by the Russian Federation as the state-occupier.

In the text of the document expressed concern about “continued Russian actions in parts of the Black sea around the Crimea and in the Azov sea, including its militarization, which creates additional threats for Ukraine and undermines the stability of the wider region.”

However, expressed “serious concern about the dangerous escalation of tension and unnecessary use of force by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, including against the three vessels of the Armed forces of Ukraine on 25 November 2018 in the Black sea,” calls to Russia “unconditionally and immediately release the ships, crew and equipment.”

However, condemned the construction and opening of the Federation bridge over the Kerch Strait and denounced the growing military presence of Russia in the Black and Azov seas.

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Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya during his speech said that the draft resolution jointly submitted to the UN General Assembly, the sponsors of the resolution, and in particular countries such as Ukraine, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.

Later these countries were joined by Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, New Zealand, Slovakia and Spain.

The representatives of Iran and Syria proposed to amend the text of the resolution to support Russian interests, but these proposals have not received the necessary support. Against these proposals voted 64 countries, supported by 25 countries, and 60 abstained.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the UN General Assembly in December this year was going to consider and approve two separate resolutions on human rights violations in Crimea and the militarization of the Black and Azov seas.