Ukraine has called for sanctions against the organizers of the vote in the Crimea
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its protest because of the visit to the Russian Crimea MEPs and calls to impose sanctions against the organizers of the poll on the Peninsula.
"The foreign Ministry expresses its protest about the illegal visit in the temporarily occupied the Crimea members of the European Parliament, including a member of the Committee on foreign Affairs, President of the Association "Franco-Russian dialogue" Thierry Mariani, as well as individual representatives of Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria. This visit is carried out in violation of Ukrainian law on access to the temporarily occupied territory and has no official status", - said in a foreign Ministry statement published on the Agency's website.
The Ukrainian foreign Ministry also condemned the participation of members in monitoring the vote on the amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation in Crimea and stated that the results of the vote "will have no legal effect and will not be acknowledged neither by Ukraine nor the international community."
"All involved in the organization and conduct of illegal voting in the temporarily occupied Crimea the persons will be responsible under the legislation of Ukraine. Ukraine calls on the international community to increase pressure on the state of the aggressor, including to enter personal sanctions against the organizers of illegal voting in the territory of temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol", - said in a statement.
A nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution was scheduled for 22 April, but then postponed due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the country. Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the vote will take place on 1 July. It was decided that the actual citizens may vote within seven days from 25 June to 1 July.
Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue "is closed permanently."