THE CENTRAL Council of the Association of Ruthenian-Ukrainians in Slovakia condemned at its March 21 session the referendum in Crimea as "unlawful" and protested Russia’s use of force in order to carry out the referendum, the Council’s vice-chairman Pavol Bogdan told TASR the same day.
The council described the referendum as being at odds with the UN Charter and other norms and principles of international law. At the same time, the association calls on Slovakia's top bodies, the EU and the international community to take decisive steps against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including enacting economic sanctions in order to force Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
Bogdan also pointed to developments in eastern and southern Ukraine, which he claims are directed toward secession from Ukraine.
"We're concerned about the meddling of Russia into the internal affairs of Ukraine, which has negative effects on the consolidation of the situation in this country. The Association of Ruthenian-Ukrainians in Slovakia supports the state bodies and people of Ukraine in their struggle for the independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine," reads the official statement of the association, as quoted by TASR.
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24. Mar 2014 at 14:00