Lawyer: Ukraine Was the First to Violate the Budapest Memorandum by Capturing Crimea

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Russia has a concrete argument for the illegitimacy of the Ukrainian status of Crimea, however, the current leadership of the Peninsula in no hurry to use it, although it was neccessary to raise the issue at the stage of preparation of the referendum on reunification of the Republic with Russia.

This opinion was expressed to “Politnavigator” by Crimean lawyer Vadim Mordashov, ex-Deputy of the Supreme Council of the Republic.

Mordashov assumes that the Crimean officials knowingly made a mistake in the spring of 2014 in order to leave “room for manoeuvre” in the event of the failure of the referendum.

“Yesterday’s servants of the neo-banderist occupational regime from the Ukrainian Party of Regions only did this in order to remain in power. Their actions, unprofessional and amateurish from a legal point of view, in March 2014, further complicated the international legitimization of the Russian status of Crimea and Sevastopol. At this time they did everything possible so that nowhere, in any document, the legitimacy of Crimea as part of Ukraine for the last 23 years was put under doubt,” argues the ex-Deputy.

“They made it to avoid unnecessary questions to themselves as collaborators with occupiers,” he added.

Mordashov considers that for the return of the Crimean Constitution to the state of 1992 there was no need for any referendum, because the principal law of the Republic was illegally abolished by the regime of Leonid Kuchma.

“And only after the situation would have been reinstated to the 1992 Constitution would it be possible to legitimately hold a referendum on the reunification of Crimea with Russia…

The Constitution of the Republic of Crimea in the version of 6th May 1992 proclaimed the Republic of Crimea as a legal, democratic state. On the territory the Republic exercised its sovereign rights and all completeness of the power…

Also it should be remembered that the Constitution of 1992 was adopted in response to the results of the all-Crimean referendum of 20th January 1991 on the reconstruction of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic as a subject of the Union and member of the Union Treaty. And its results were never put into question by anyone in the world.

Returning to the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea of 6th May 1992, the Crimean Parliament should have declared that Ukraine was the first to violate the Budapest Memorandum… At the time of signing the Budapest Memorandum in 1994, Ukraine’s sovereignty did not extend to Crimea and Sevastopol, because at the time the Peninsula was governed by the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea of 6th May 1992, which was, in fact, the basic law of a sovereign independent state,” points out Mordashov.

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