Crimea Agreement

2 Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation of 17 March 2014, No. 147 “On the Recognition of the Republic of Crimea” in the Russian Federation, Russian Federation Legislation Collection, 24 March 2014, No. 12, Post 1259 (in Russian), www.rt.com/news/crimea-resolution-independence-ukraine-346. 6 z.B. ibid; Niko Krisch, `Crimea and the borders of international law`, EJIL: Talk!, 10 March 2014, www.ejiltalk.org/crimea-and-the-limits-of-international-law; Anne Peters, “Crimea: Country “The West” Now Pay the Price for Kosovo?”, “, EJIL: Talk!, 22 April 2014, www.ejiltalk.org/crimea-does-the-west-now-pay-the-price-for-kosovo. The European Commission decided on 11 March to conclude a comprehensive free trade agreement with Ukraine later this year. [363] On 12 March, the European Parliament rejected the upcoming referendum on independence in Crimea, which deemed them manipulated and contrary to international and Ukrainian laws. [364] The G7 bloc of developed nations (g8 minus Russia) condemned Russia in a joint statement and announced that it was suspending preparations for the G8 summit scheduled for Sochi in June. [365] NATO condemned Russia`s military escalation in Crimea and declared it a violation of international law[367] while the Council of Europe expressed its full support for Ukraine`s territorial integrity and national unity.

[368] In a joint statement, the Visegrad Group called on Russia to respect Ukraine`s territorial integrity and to ask Ukraine to take into account its minority groups so as not to further sever its fragile relations. It called on Russia to respect Ukrainian and international law, in accordance with the provisions of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. [369] Tatarstan, a russian republic populated by Volga-Tatars, has sought to allay concerns about Russia`s treatment of Tatars, as Tatarstan is a gas-rich and economically prosperous republic in Russia. [345] On 5 March, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov signed a cooperation agreement between Tatarstan and the Aksjonov government in Crimea, which involved cooperation between ten state institutions and substantial financial assistance to Crimea from Tatarstan enterprises. [345] On 11 March, on his second visit to Crimea, Minnikhanov participated in the vote on the declaration of sovereignty until the referendum on 16 March, as a guest in the Crimean Parliament Chamber. [345] The Mufti Kamil Samigullin of Tatarstan invited the Crimean Tatarians to study at Madrasas in Kazan and declared their support for their “brothers in faith and blood”. [345] Mustafa Dzhemilev, a former head of the Crimean Tatar Majlis, said that suspected Russian forces should leave the Crimean peninsula[345] and asked the UN Security Council to send peacekeeping forces to the area. [346] Finally, in 1997, Russia and Ukraine signed three agreements on the status of the Black Sea Fleet.

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