A clear message of Ambassador Ihor Kharchenko in evening Live talk-show on one of the leading national TV stations in Japan «Tokyo Broadcasting System»
The Head of the Ukrainian Mission spoke with political observers and leading Japanese expert on foreign policy, including Russia, Chairman of the Council on National Security Problems «Anpoken», Professor Shigeki Hakamada.
When answering questions, the Ambassador emphasized the following during a lively conversation
- Ukraine will never accept the annexation of the slightest part of its territory, or any other type of occupation. The situation is extremely serious and threatens not only the Ukrainian sovereignty, but also peace and stability in Europe and the world in general;
- The so-called "referendum" on March 16th, is nothing more than a cynical political farce that has one purpose - to create visibility of the legitimate annexation Ukrainian peninsula;
- "Referendum" held under occupation of Russian troops has no legal effect and is totally useless in terms of the Ukrainian Constitution and international law;
- Actions of Russia in Crimea are an act of aggression and are violation of all international conventions. Bringing armed forces of a neighboring state is a violation of international law and the terms of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, under which Russia as a guarantor undertook to refrain from the threat against the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine;
- World leaders' numerous efforts are being taken at the highest political level to de-escalate the crisis and find ways of peaceful settlement with full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine;
- We have witnessed wide international condemnation of violating the norms of international law, bilateral and multilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia, actions that undermine the very basics of European and global peace and security;
- Russia is the only member of the UN Security Council, which opposes the adoption of the resolution on de-escalation of the situation and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. In this sense, it would be better if Japan took over the place in the UN Security Council instead of the Russian Federation;
- In order to resolve the conflict the government of Ukraine is ready and open for negotiations with Russia on all sensitive issues, under the condition of return of all troops of the Russian Federation to the places of their permanent deployment;
- We were and remain friendly to the Russian population, but this has nothing to do with military aggressor Putin and his inner circle;
- We in Ukraine are confident that everything possible should be done to maintain close ties and friendship between the people of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which is in the long-term interests of our two countries;
- Ukraine is currently considering giving up on the presidency of the CIS this year, although de jure Ukraine is not a member state of the CIS without signing the relevant Charter;
- New Government of Ukraine is absolutely legitimate, being adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) by 371 votes "for", that is, with the support of all political parties.