EU Condemns Crimea Secession Referendum as Unlawful
The EU has officially condemned Sunday's referendum in Crimea as unlawful and illegitimate.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso issued a joint statement informing that the EU would not recognize the outcome of the referendum on the future status of the territory of Ukraine as it violated the Ukrainian constitution and international law.
"Only working together through diplomatic processes, including direct discussions between the governments of Ukraine and Russia, can we find a solution to the crisis," the European Council statement adds.
"We reiterate the strong condemnation of the unprovoked violation of Ukraine's sovereignty
and territorial integrity and call on Russia to withdraw its armed forces to the
ir pre-crisis numbers and the areas of their permanent stationing, in accordance with relevant agreements," the statement says.
At a meeting on Monday in Brussels, EU foreign ministers are to evaluate the situation and decide on additional measures in line with the declaration of the Heads of State and Government of the EU of 6 March.
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"We reiterate the strong condemnation of the unprovoked violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and call on Russia to withdraw its to their pre-crisis numbers and the areas of their permanent stationing"---Jose and Herman, You are CLOWNS. The "Unprovoked Violation" was the Instigated and heavily Supported by the West (and, consequentely, by You both, Sirs) The Unlawful and Anti- constitutional Coup d"Etat of February,21-22. You "swallowed" it. Then You "swallowed" the ultra-nationalists who seized the power in Ukraine. And right now You, clowns, keep silence when the above ultras (Right Sector, which is now "The National Guard of Ukraine"!) move on the South-Eastern regions for "restoring order" there, i.e. for suppressing by arms the mass popular protests. Crimeans decided not to wait. Do swallow it also....And as for the Russian armed forces: look, clowns, those forces are not in Ukraine but in Russia. To withdraw them from Russia? You are really Clowns, Jose and Herman.
To George: it's about Vox populi. Not Your, not my voice, George, but the Voice of People of Crimea is valid.
The EU describes something as being "unlawful" Well if you read the treaties bailing out Greece is unlawful. Ignoring referenda in France and Holland makes the EU a beacon of democracy. Getting the Irish to vote again and again and again till they get it right. No really, the dream of a united Europe is over and 20th century blues. And no electorate gives a flying f*ck about Ukraine. Nobody wants to hurt their Economy.
" Only working together"?!? Where were you all those years and what happened to the Either-Or strategies?
You see the problem with Ukraine is that everything there is unlawful! Stirring violent demonstrations is unlawful, replacing legally elected presidents and governments without any elections is unlawful and etc.
Yes I don't agree with what have happened in Crimea but I guess all big powers must have their "Falkland Islands".
Russia and the EU needed to cooperate long ago before all that mess....