Russian diplomats on Monday announced that Russia will refuse signing the annual report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as it registered the nuclear plant in the Crimean city of Sevastopol as being under the Ukrainian borders.
Although Crimea is considered part of Ukraine by the international community, Russia has been claiming Crimea as part of Russia since it annexed the peninsula in March 2014.
Russian envoy to the UN in Vienna, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the IAEA report "contradicts reality."
“[The report] contains information, which contradicts reality, that a number of nuclear objects sitting on the territory of the Russian Crimea fall under… Ukraine,” Voronkov said.
"The Russian side stated clearly that after the reunification of Crimea with Russia such statements run against both common sense and international law.”
Ukrainian state-run nuclear power company EnergoAtom said that its cannot be held responsible for the Crimean nuclear reactors since the Russian annexation of Crimea.
Russia’s energy ministry has not commented yet.
Following the ousting of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych by pro-EU demonstrators in Kiev, the ethnic Russian-dominated Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine in March 2014.
After holding a referendum which was largely boycotted by the peninsula's 300,000-strong Crimean Tatar community, the mainly ethnic-Russian people of Crimea voted to join Russia. The region became part of Russia with almost immediate effect as pro-Russian separatists, believed to be backed by Russia, declared an independent republic in eastern Ukraine.
Sanctions have been imposed on Russia by the West in response to the annexation, wreaking havoc on the Russian economy.
Russia in turn has boycotted food imports from the European Union and threatens to cut-off Europe’s supply of Russian gas, which largely flows through Ukraine.