Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Moscow does not need to launch an energetic campaign abroad connected with Crimea, as most countries have recognized Crimea's integration with Russia "de facto."
"It is a new geopolitical fact. Crimea has become a member of Russia. No need arises here to lauinch an energetic campaign, I think. An overwhelming majority of countries recognize Crimea's integration with Russia "de-jure" or "de-facto," Churkin said in an interview with the final program Segodnya (Today) on NTV television.
"Some are strongly protesting against this, but it's a situation which will take some time to straighten out. Generally speaking, this must be taken absolutely quietly, in my opinion, and further steady work should be done to explain what has happened and is yielding results, as we can see," the Russian diplomat said.
The UN General Assembly passed the Kiev-proposed resolution in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity in a majority vote on March 27. The resolution was backed by 100 of the 193 General Assembly members and 58 abstained. Eleven countries were against: Russia, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela.
Read more: Sanctions over Crimea
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.