A number of media reports that the United Nations Security Council stated that it considers the referendum on Crimea's status illegitimate are untrue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Claims that the UN SC considers the referendum on Crimea's status illegitimate do not correspond to reality," the ministry said, commenting on the UN SC advisory meeting on the events in Ukraine and the subsequent media reports.
The discussion held by the Security Council on March 6 was informal, and no resolution was made by the Council, the ministry said.
"UN Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson who briefed the Council members by a video link from Kiev did not touch upon the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum," the statement said.
"Furthermore, the UN Secretary-General's spokesperson stressed during a press briefing on the eve of the SC meeting that whether a referendum can be recognized legitimate is up to the UN member states," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Russia is ready to send an observation mission to the Crimean referendum. The mission will also include representatives of other states, Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said.
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