The annexation of Crimea is and will remain one of the main issues on Ukraine’s foreign policy agenda. Every year, the matter gains international attention when the UN General Assembly adopts a resolution supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity. As time goes by, some countries shift their position, seeking to find a balance between their relations with Ukraine (or even the West) and Russia. In this paper, we explore voting trends on UN resolutions regarding Crimea and regional allocation of support. We analyse the rhetoric of the leadership of 12 G20 countries, investigating arguments justifying their votes. We then make recommendations on where Ukraine could seek support.

Yar Batoh
KSE StratBase, Kyiv School of Economics
Khrystyna Holynska
Pardee RAND Graduate School


Yar Batoh is the director of KSE StratBase and a research assistant at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. His main research interests are security studies, Russian foreign policy, and Ukrainian-Russian relations. Previously, he worked at VoxUkraine. Yar Batoh graduated from the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

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