On March 14, 2014 at NATO HQ in Brussels, on the initiative of Ukraine, the emergency meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council at the ambassadorial level was held (the Forum, which consists of 28 NATO member-states and 22 partner-countries).
The meeting was convened to discuss the situation in the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea in regards to illegal military intervention of Russia, and the impact of the crisis on the security of the Euro-Atlantic area in general.
During the meeting the Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Ambassador I.Dolhov stressed at his speech that Russian actions made to perform for the first time of 20 years EAPC history the provisions of its basic document of 1997, which provides for the convening of an extraordinary meeting of the Council with regard to the presence of real threats to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic space. It was also expressed regrets that the threat has arisen within the EAPC and comes from the actions of one of the founding countries of this forum.
In addition, the Ukrainian side informed the participants of the EAPC meeting in details on the confirmed facts of unverified unprecedented intervention of the armed forces of the Russian Federation to the territory of Ukraine, that is a violation of all existing international agreements and bilateral treaties between countries and undermines the spirit of friendship between the Ukrainian and Russian people. It was also given estimation to the actions of todays so-called Crimean Government, which are contrary to the Constitution of Ukraine and international law.
Representatives of all EAPC member-states, who took part in the discussion, supported with one accord the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State of Ukraine, strongly condemned the intervention of the Russian armed forces on the territory of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, urged the Russian side to withdraw their troops to their places of permanent deployment, thus to de-escalate tension, to start, including the international mediation, a direct dialogue with the new Government of Ukraine with a view to finding a solution of the crisis. The Russian side was also called to stop the preparations for the so-called referendum in the Crimea, which the international community unanimously estimates as illegal and illegitimate, and the results of which will not be considered.
On this background, the statement of the representative of the Russian Federation at the meeting, that completely repeated the well-known arguments and unfounded criticisms of the Kremlin, has once again proved that Russia continues to oppose themselves to all international organizations and shows no willingness to return to the peaceful settlement in the way of engagement of the international mechanisms and direct contacts with the Ukrainian Government.