The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine criticized the decision of the Crimean criminal authorities on the transfer of the world-famous Artek International Children's Center to the federal ownership of the Russian Federation, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Cabinet.
"This shameful step is a continuation of the criminal policy of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, which continues to carry out purposeful robbery of Ukraine and demonstrates defiant attitude to the basic principles of international law," states the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reminded the invaders that in 2006 the Government of Ukraine and UNESCO signed an agreement on granting Artek a status of a center under the auspices of UNESCO.
In this regard, the Ministry called on the UNESCO, leading international organizations, and international community to condemn such actions of the Russian side that were a challenge to the entire civilized world. The Ministry urged to consolidate international pressure on Russia to its immediate return to the mainstream of international law, to cancel all illegal decisions that has led to the temporary occupation of the Ukrainian territory, to compensate the damages caused to Ukraine and its citizens.
"The Ministry reminds the authors of this one and other unlawful decisions, as well as those, who will try to implement them, of imminent responsibility," the Ministry stated.
It should be recalled that on April 1, the authorities of annexed Crimea transfered the property of the Artek International Children's Center to the federal ownership of the Russian Federation. Along with the center, the Russians received 218 hectares of land, 175 buildings, and numerous movable and immovable properties.