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Russia predicted outcome of EU summit on Ukraine — Chizhov

March 21, 2014, 20:52 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
However, it still does not see reasons for restrictive measures, Russia’s permanent representative to the European Union said
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BRUSSELS, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has predicted the outcome of EU summit on Ukraine but does not see the reasons for imposing restrictive measures on Russia which has not violated international law, Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s permanent representative to the European Union, said on Friday.

“The results of the EU summit were largely predictable given the intensity of rhetoric observed in recent days. But I would be more cautious in using the term ‘sanctions.’ International law allows imposing sanctions only with approval from the United Nations Security Council. All other penalties are nothing more than restrictive measures the legality of which is disputable at least,” Chizhov explained, adding that the reason for imposing such restriction was unclear to him.

“After all, Russia has done nothing that violates international law,” Chizhov told Russian journalists.

In its final document, the European Council says that the Crimean referendum violates the Ukrainian Constitution.

"Any referendum held in a region that wants to separate from any state contradicts the laws of that state. But there is no formulation saying that such referendums run counter to international law. We believe and are deeply convinced that these decisions, I mean the referendum and the subsequent steps taken by the Russian side, are fitting quite well into the norms of international law. We are trying to explain that to our partners in the European Union,” Chizhov emphasized.

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