UN Secretary-General to visit Moscow and Kiev on March 20-22
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit to Moscow and Kiev on March 20-22. On March 20, he is scheduled to meet with the President of Russia, then flying to visit the capital of Ukraine on March 21-22.
In Russia, the UN Secretary General will meet Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov. UN press service informs that the purpose of the trip is to settle the crisis between the authorities of Russia and Ukraine.
According to Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, in Kiev the high guest is scheduled to meet with the leadership of the country, representatives of public organisations of Ukraine and the Commission on Human Rights. “The focus will be on the settlement of the situation around the military aggression of the Russian Federation and its annexation of the Crimea,” reads the UN statement.
As previously reported by the Kharkov News Agency, the Crimea-wide referendum on March 16 was attended by more than 82% of voters. Over 96% of them were in favour of Crimea reunification with Russia. On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov and Alexey Chaly Sevastopol mayor signed an agreement to join Crimea to Russia. Kazakhstan recognized that the Crimea referendum was in full compliance with democratic procedures and rules of international law. Abkhazia President Alexander Ankvab also stated that “the plebiscite held in Crimea reflects the will of the multinational people of the peninsula.”
Earlier it was reported that the head of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy intends to fly to Moscow, but the trip was suddenly cancelled. Some experts believe that Van Rompuy was not allowed to Moscow by his peers as they do not want the truth about the situation in Ukraine.