The Russian government responded to the UN resolution on Ukraine that was passed Thursday, calling it "counterproductive."
On Thursday, the UN approved a resolution proposed by Ukraine and backed by the United States and the European Union to reaffirm Ukraine's territorial integrity and declare Russia's annexation of Crimea invalid.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in response, declaring, "The counterproductive initiative with the General Assembly's resolution only complicates efforts to stabilize the internal political crisis in Ukraine."
The 193-member UN General Assembly passed the resolution with 100 votes in favor, 11 against, and 58 abstentions.
Despite the overwhelming votes in favor of the resolution, Russia looked positively at the 11 votes cast against the resolution. Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe's votes against the resolution "clearly shows that Russia is not isolated [by the international community]," said Russia's Envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin. "The result is rather satisfying for us as we have won a moral and a political victory."
[CNN] [RIA Novosti]