The United Nations General Assembly has passed a non-binding resolution declaring Crimea’s secession vote invalid. The Ukrainian-sponsored resolution also affirmed Ukraine’s territorial integrity and urged all parties to strive for a peaceful solution to the crisis through direct dialogue.
In the 193-nation assembly, there were 100 votes in favor, and 11 against the Ukrainian-sponsored resolution. There were 58 abstentions and a number of other countries chose not to participate. Western diplomats say the number of yes votes was higher than expected.
The result came despite protests from Russia. The Moscow-backed referendum saw Crimea secede from Ukraine and join Russia earlier this month, despite strong objections from Kiev and the West.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said the purpose of the resolution was to reinforce core United Nations principles. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin urged a "no" vote, calling the resolution confrontational and counter-productive.
"In light of all the reasons mentioned earlier, Russia is against the draft resolution by the General Assembly. It is confrontational in nature. The draft seeks to put into question the meaning of the referendum in Crimea, which already played a key historical role. It would be counter-productive to challenge that." Russian Ambassador To The UN Vitaly Churkin said.