EU reiterates condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) Sunday reiterated its rejection of the “illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation.” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini issued a Declaration today on behalf of the 28-member Union to mark five years since the occupation 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,” she said.

The EU called again on UN Member States to consider similar non-recognition measures in line with the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262.

It noted that Russia’s violations of international law have led to a dangerous increase in tensions at the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

Since the illegal annexation by the Russian Federation, the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula has significantly deteriorated, said the EU declaration.

It further noted that 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.

The EU expects Russia to reverse these decisions and to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community, it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency