The British foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called the return of the Crimea to Russia "annexation" and tried to persuade Moscow to return to the Crimea, Ukraine.
"Our appeal to Russia's consistent and clear: the annexation of the Crimea in 2014 was illegal and unlawful, and remains illegal and unlawful in March 2015. Russia should return to the Crimea, Ukraine, "reads the statement of the head of the British foreign office Philip Hammond on the occasion of the anniversary of the referendum on the annexation of Crimea to Russia, RIA" Novosti ". Hammond said that the annexation of Crimea to Russia was in violation of all international norms and showed a complete disregard for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." It is totally unacceptable for the Russian Federation to use force to change the borders. We do not recognize last year's fraudulent referendum, which, as admitted by the Russian President Putin, was planned as a Fig leaf for the occupation of foreign territory. Such behavior threatens international security, and is fraught with serious consequences to the legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all countries, " said Hammond. Help the British foreign office, the message Hammond, draws attention to the fact that the referendum was conducted in a very short time, without the involvement of the OSCE observers and in the suppression of opposition media. Crimea and Sevastopol 16 March celebrated the 1st anniversary of the referendum in which an overwhelming number of voters voted for secession from Ukraine and reunification with Russia. In Crimea for entry into the Russian Federation voted 96, 77%, in Sevastopol - 95, 6%. Both regions became Russian subjects on 18 March, the day in the Crimea and Sevastopol declared festive holiday. March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia, as well as a decree on the formation of the Crimean Federal district.