EU condemns anew Russian occupation of Crimea

The European Union (EU) underlined Friday its firm commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, four years on from the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russia.

“The European Union reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law. It remains a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States,” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a Declaration on behalf of the 28-EU member states.

The EU remains committed to fully implementing its non-recognition policy, including through sanctions, she said, and called again on UN Member States to consider similar non-recognition measures in line with the UNGA Resolution 68/262, it said.

“The ongoing militarisation of the peninsula continues to impact the security situation in the Black Sea region. In violation of international humanitarian law, Russian citizenship and conscription in the armed forces of the Russian Federation have been imposed on Crimean residents,” noted the EU Declaration.

“The rights of the Crimean Tatars have been gravely violated through the shutting down of Crimean Tatar media outlets, the banning of the activities of the Mejlis, their self-governing body, and the persecution of its leaders and members of their community. Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and all ethnic and religious communities in the peninsula must be ensured the possibility to maintain and develop their culture, traditions, education and identity,” stressed the EU foreign policy chief.

Source: Kuwait News Agency