Lavrov compared the referendum in the Crimea with the Kosovo situation

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura in fotobanka. Archival photoLavrov compared the referendum in the Crimea with the Kosovo situation© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura the image Bank

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov has compared the annexation of Crimea to Russia the unilateral recognition of Kosovo’s independence and a referendum on the Falkland Islands (Malvinas Islands).

The Russian foreign Minister said that unlike the case of Kosovo, the people of Crimea chose the status of the Peninsula in a more transparent and legitimate.

The Minister recalled that Crimea was annexed to Russia in the result of free will in a referendum. «It was all much more transparent and more legitimate, than the unilateral recognition of Kosovo’s independence without a referendum,» said Lavrov in an interview with the leading RT Larry king, the text of which is posted on the website of the foreign Ministry.

Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina on 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.

«I have one friend told me that when the UN General Assembly gathered to discuss the question of the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands, our British colleagues sent their ambassadors around the world with instructions to convince the country that the status of the Falkland Islands was determined through a free and fair referendum among local residents in full accordance with the UN Charter and the right of peoples to self-determination and that the sanctions imposed by the Argentine government by referendum illegitimate and deserve condemnation,» Lavrov said.

«I hope the parallel I’m trying to spend, you understand,» said the presenter.

Falkland Islands-or Malvinas as they are known in Argentina, the Islands — the subject of a long dispute between Argentina and Britain, which led in 1982 to the armed conflict. Argentina tried to gain a foothold on the Islands, which Britain controls since 1833. During the conflict killed 649 Argentinians and 255 Britons. In the 72-day war Britain won.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»