Resolution 1988 (2014) «Recent developments in Ukraine: threats to the functioning of democratic institutions»

09 April 2014 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The PACE acknowledged that the actions of the Russian Federation leading to the annexation of Crimea, in particular the military occupation of Ukrainian territory and the threat of military force, the recognition of the results of the illegal so-called referendum and the subsequent annexation of Crimea are clearly in serious violation of international law, the United Nations Charter, and the Helsinki Final Act of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); the launch of hostilities by Russia was in violation of a memorandum signed between Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in 1994, which undermined confidence in other international instruments, including disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation agreements; these actions also run counter to the Statute of the Council of Europe, in particular its preamble, and the obligations under Article 3, as well as the commitments undertaken by the Russian Federation after accession and contained in Assembly Opinion 193 (1996).