The Ukrainian side has learned that the Russian side is organizing a visit of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev to the AutonomousRepublic of the Crimea, which is the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. The visit is to be held on 9 May 2014.
In this regard the Ukrainian side is emphasizing that:
1. The Law of Ukraine “On protecting rights and freedoms of the citizens and the legal regime on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine” (hereinafter – the Law) has entered into force on 27 April 2014. According to the Law:
- the land territory of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, internal sea waters and the territorial sea of Ukraine around the Crimean Peninsula, the territory of exclusive (sea) economic zone of Ukraine along the cost of the Crimean Peninsula and the territory of the continental shelf of Ukraine attached to the coast, as well as the air space over these territories are under jurisdiction of the state organs of Ukraine according to the norms of the International Law, the Constitution and Laws of Ukraine, and constitute the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
- the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine is an integral part of Ukraine where the Constitution and Laws of Ukraine are in force;
- any organs, their officials and activities on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine are considered to be illegal if these organs or officials were established, elected or appointed in a way not stipulated by the Law;
- arrivals and departures of foreigners and stateless persons to / from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine are allowed only by special permits via entry / exit checkpoints.
2. Both Ukrainian and Russian protocol practices envisage a special procedure of preparing visits of high-ranking officials that, as a minimum, requires an invitation or consent of the receiving side.
The Ukrainian side has not received any inquiry from the Russian side concerning the aforementioned visit to one of the Ukrainian regions, which is an integral part of Ukraine.
3. The Ukrainian side will consider any visits of any Russian officials to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and their contacts with the illegitimate organs and officials there as an outright ignoring of the current legislation of Ukraine and as a continuing and flagrant violation (namely, by means of interference in internal affairs of Ukraine) by the Russian side of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 1997.
4. If Russia fulfills its intentions to carry out the aforementioned visit, it would become another evidence of the efforts of the Russian leadership to deliberately escalate tensions in the Ukrainian-Russian relations by explicitly ignoring the current legislation of Ukraine and international treaties.
5. The Ukrainian side urges the Russian side to abandon its intentions to visit the AutonomousRepublic of the Crimea.