“We’re surprised about the statement on Crimea by the EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, released on March 18. It is filled with arrogant disregard to more than two million of residents of Crimean Federal District of Russia”, reads the message.
Russian Foreign Ministry added that Brussels doesn’t want to see “the real changes for the better that take place in Crimea and Sevastopol, being a part of Russia”. If events took place under different scenario, a large number of refugees from Crimea would join millions of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, the statement says.
Perviously on March 18, office of EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini released a declaration on the current developments in Crimea, coincided with the second anniversary of annexation of the peninsula. "Two years on from the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains firmly committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 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. The European Union remains committed to fully implementing its non-recognition policy, including through restrictive measures. The EU calls again on UN Member States to consider similar non-recognition measures in line with the UNGA Resolution 68/262", reads the statement.
As 112 International reported, Russian leader Vladimir Putin visited the occupied Crimea and examined the construction works of the bridge over the Kerch Strait. The visit coincided with the second anniversary of annexation of Crimea by Russia. On this occasion, pro-Kremlin activists took part in holiday concerts and festivals. The Ukrainian government already commented on this situation, calling celebration of Crimea’s occupation extremely cynical.