Kazakhstan affirmed Crimean referendum
Kazakhstan accepted the legitimacy of the conduct of the Crimean referendum, which was held on March 16, as it was reported in the website of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The note, dedicated the referendum in Crimea, said: «In connection with holding referendum by the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on March 16, 2014, Kazakhstan reaffirms its commitment to the fundamental principles of international law in accordance with the UN Charter. In Kazakhstan affirms the Crimean referendum as a free expression of the will of the population of the Republic and is sympathetic to the decision of the Russian Federation in the current conditions».
Kazakhstan also supported a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine under the auspices of the UN.
We remind that in protest against the cope in Kyiv by nationalists on March 11, the Declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol was adopted. According to the Declaration on 16 March, a referendum was held, where the people of the Crimea were asked to determine the future status of the their land. The overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted for the output of the Crimea and Sevastopol from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation. On March 18, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the agreement on joining of the Crimea and Sevastopol. The territories became parts of Russia.