ArmInfo.Armenia opposed the Ukrainian resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on "the militarization of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as parts of the Black and Azov Seas."
According to RIA Novosti, this was reported on Twitter by the representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. "63 countries voted for, which is less by three than last year. 19 states opposed, including Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Serbia, Syria, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Sudan and Burundi. 66 states abstained, "the source said.
The resolution proposed by Kiev requires Russia to "withdraw troops" from the peninsula, the press secretary of the Ukrainian mission to the UN Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook. In addition, Kiev wants to return military equipment and weapons seized from the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which participated in the provocation in the Kerch Strait. The resolution says that "the Russian military presence and obstruction of international navigation in the Black and Azov Seas region negatively affects the socio-economic situation in the coastal regions of Ukraine." Kiev also advises representatives of foreign states to refrain from visits to Crimea and Sevastopol without coordination with the Ukrainian side.
Last year, the General Assembly adopted a similar resolution. As the Russian Foreign Ministry noted, such initiatives are used as an extra lever of pressure on Moscow and show that there is a "blundered campaign" against it. According to the official representative of the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, the adopted resolution serves as a screen for Ukraine's failed domestic policy and does not contribute to resolving the domestic crisis. In turn, the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Natalya Poklonskaya said that representatives of the General Assembly who supported the Ukrainian initiative should visit the peninsula themselves and assess the situation in the republic. She added that regardless of such resolutions, "Crimea will never even turn its head in the direction of Ukraine."