What is annexation?
An annexation is the unilateral forced adherence by one state of another state or its part. Many believe that the creation of a puppet government can be called annexation, and in international law, annexation is a type of aggression that entails international legal responsibility.
In more detail that such annexation, we will tell in this article.
Annexation or occupation?
It is very important, using the term "annexation", to understand its differences from the term "occupation". The annexation entails legal changes in the ownership of the territory, and the occupation - no. Interestingly, Bosnia and Herzegovina, occupied by Austria-Hungary in 1878, became territorially owned by it (that is, annexed) only in 1908.
What about the Crimea?
Many world politicians today call the recognition of Crimea as part of Russian territory as annexation, but Russia rejects this opinion, since the Crimea’s decision to join was made as a result of a referendum, which means it came about by mutual agreement of the parties.
USSR and annexation
It is interesting that when the USSR included the lands of Western Ukraine, the Baltic States and Western Belorussia in the period from 1939 to 1941, the term annexation was not used, although in fact it was purely annexed, but at that time the word "accession" was used "or even" reunification ", because before these territories belonged to the Russian Empire.
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