Long before the United States was a country, Crimea was an integral part of Russia and home to her Black Sea Fleet. For over two hundred years Crimea has remained a jewel of Russia and of immense strategic defensive value, inspite of wars and brief periods of occupation.
In 1954 for “administrative” reasons and without any vote by the people or referendum Nikita Khrushchev transferred the legal Soviet status of Crimea from Russia, to Ukraine.
This event on 9, March 1954 went unnoticed in western newspapers. Opinions as to the reasons for the transfer differ, however it seems rather odd that only now do the cold warriors in Washington and Brussels place such importance and view with an uncommon legitimacy on a Soviet administrative realignment of boundaries, when at the time it was ignored or dismissed. That there is a selective approach towards Soviet actions is further evidenced in EU NATO member state Latvia where the status of “non-citizen” was placed on people who’s families moved there during “Soviet occupation” even though they had been born there!
Nikita Khrushchev has become an authoritative howbeit unquoted source of current western foreign policy! Had it not been for an obscure and what was deemed an unimportant clerical alteration of Soviet organization done in 1954, Ukraine would have no claim of or for Crimea or Sevastopol.
Ukraine according to an old postal stamp from 1919 that was reprinted in 2008.
(New York Times article from 1918)
The Ukrainian People’s Republic or Ukrainian National Republic (Ukrainian: Українська Народня Республіка, Ukrayins’ka Narodnia Respublika; abbreviated УНР, UNR), or simply Ukraine is the predecessor of modern Ukraine that was declared (on 23 June 1917) at first as a part of the Russian Republic after the Russian Revolution but that proclaimed its independence on 25 January 1918. The 18 March 1921 Treaty of Riga between the Second Polish Republic, Soviet Russia (acting also on behalf of Soviet Belarus) and Soviet Ukraine brought an end to the Ukrainian People’s Republic.
Upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1989 during a time of tectonic historical changes, represenatives of the Russian Federation saw no need to alter and or lacked the authority to change what by then was the status quo of Crimean attachment to Ukraine. In 1989 friendly relations between Russia and Ukraine produced agreements for mutual cooperation as newly formed independent nations.
The results of negotiations also produced a trade agreement for the sale of natural gas at reduced rates to Ukraine in return for the maintenance and continuation of Black Sea Fleet naval facilities based in Sevastopol and Crimea.
The formation and installation of a western backed extremist unelected junta (brought to power at the barrel of a gun) in Kiev, (March 2014) served to breach these agreements and nullify any and all treaties. The openly hostile regime in Kiev first official act was to ban the Russian language, and from there began a campaign of terror against citizens who spoke it. In Ukraine today speaking the Russian language is all it takes to be identified as a “terrorist” and an enemy of Ukraine.
Viewing the violence, anarchy and murders unleashed by the maidan, the peaceful people in Crimea sought protection and turned to their historical friend and ally, Russia. The right of self-determination required a referendum.
The referendum held in Crimea on 16, March 2014 was 98% in favor of joining the Russian Federation by a determined and brave people. Those who have opposed and condemned the peaceful voice of the people have surrendered democratic values for geo-strategic “interests”.
Declaration of Independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol:
We, the members of the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council, with regard to the charter of the United Nations and a whole range of other international documents and taking into consideration the confirmation of the status of Kosovo by the United Nations International Court of Justice on July 22, 2010, which says that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of the country does not violate any international norms, make this decision jointly:
1. If a decision to become part of Russia is made at the referendum of the March 16, 2014, Crimea including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol will be announced an independent and sovereign state with a republican order.
2. Republic of Crimea will be a democratic, laic and multinational state, with an obligation to maintain peace, international and intersectarian consent in its territory.
3. If the referendum brings the respective results, Republic of Crimea as an independent and sovereign state will turn to the Russian Federation with the proposition to accept the Republic of Crimea on the basis of a respective interstate treaty into the Russian Federation as a new constituent entity of the Russian Federation.
Declaration approved by the Resolution of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea at the extraordinary plenary session on March 11, 2014 (signed by the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov) and by the Decision of the Sevastopol City Council at the extraordinary plenary session on March 11, 2014 (signed by the Chairman of the Sevastopol city council Yury Doynikov)
WE THE UNDERSIGNED RECOGNIZE THE LAWFUL AND RIGHTFUL REUNIFICATION OF CRIMEA AND SEVASTOPOL WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND URGE OUR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS TO DO THE SAME