Russia's initiative to include the South Coast of Crimea in the UNESCO World Heritage List is doomed to failure, because the organization does not recognize the occupation of the peninsula.

A corresponding statement was made by the President of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Mykola Yakovina in commentary to the QHA.

“The status of Crimea as a temporarily occupied territory of a sovereign state is well known. UNESCO will reject the Russian application because the organization is part of the UN system. The Kremlin, having the right of veto and using influence on other countries, blocks many anti-Russian resolutions. But for the consideration of the Russian application to UNESCO, they do not have enough votes, no matter how many initiatives they have,” the expert believes.

According to Yakovina, a number of international scientific conferences need to be held before entering the nomination, and this is impossible in the conditions of isolation of the occupied peninsula.

Earlier, the Russian Hermitage has prepared a project for including the South Coast of Crimea from Cape Aya (Sevastopol) to Alushta on the UNESCO World Heritage lists. The Hermitage planned to present the project at the Seventh St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, which will be held on November 15-17.

 After the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, UNESCO ceased all contacts with cultural heritage sites on the peninsula. This led to the suspension of work on the inclusion  of Crimean monuments the Khan's Palace, a complex of cave cities in the Bakhchysarai district and the Vorontsov Palace on the southern coast of the Crimea in the UNESCO lists.