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18. 3. 2014

Foreign Ministry calls for respect for the territorial integrity of Ukraine

Ljubljana, 18 March 2014 – The Foreign Ministry condemns further violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

As underlined by the Ministry, the referendum held on Sunday, 16 March 2014, on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was contrary to the Ukrainian constitution and international law. In compliance with the above, Slovenia does not recognise its results and related decisions.

Procedures conducted by the Russian Federation with a view to annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are a violation of the basic international legal principles regulating relations in the modern international community. The Foreign Ministry also condemns today's use of force, which claimed the life of a Ukrainian soldier, and the taking over of Ukrainian institutions in Crimea. We urge the Russian Federation to abstain from any further actions that might cause a further deterioration in the situation in Ukraine.