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Russia dismisses informal UN Security Council meeting on Crimea as provocation

March 19, 2015, 1:02 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
The member-states of the UN Security Council are expected to hold the closed-door meeting on Crimea at the initiative of Lithuania at 22:00 Moscow time (1900 GMT) on Thursday
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UNITED NATIONS, March 19. /TASS/. Moscow believes that the upcoming informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Crimea is a "counterproductive and provocative" event and has no plans of participating in it, Russia’s permanent mission to the United Nations has said.

"We presume that this event is counterproductive and provocative. It does not refer to the UN Security Council’s activities. The Russian delegation will not take part in it and, as far as we know, the delegations of several other countries won’t do it either," the mission’s said in an official statement.

The member-states of the UN Security Council are expected to hold the closed-door meeting on Crimea at the initiative of Lithuania at 22:00 Moscow time (1900 GMT) on Thursday.

The meeting is due to be attended by Mustafa Dzhemilev, who is a member of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and the former head of the Crimean Tatar community. Dzhemilev is expected to give a press conference prior to the meeting.

The meeting will be held under the so-called "Arria-formula" that will allow the Security Council members to exchange views in a private order with the participation of persons who are not the representatives of the UN member-states. The delegations of the UN Security Council do not have to attend these meetings.

In early March, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said that Moscow would not discuss as part of the Security Council the issue of Crimea, which is the federal subject of Russia. He reminded that the recent opinion poll conducted by a German institute showed that 93% of citizens of the peninsula said they supported the reunification with Russia.

"We don’t need to prove anything," the diplomat said.

Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11, 2014. They held a referendum on March 16, 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals March 18, 2014.

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