Foreign Secretary of Great Britain Philip Hammond encourages Russian authorities to return the occupied peninsula of Crimea to Ukraine, it is said in the Foreign Secretary’s statement, published by the press service of the Foreign Office of Great Britain.
The Foreign Secretary reminded that the illegally conducted “referendum” on the basis of which Russia “included” Crimea into its territory, is not recognized and will never be recognized by the world community. According to Hammond, Russia challenged the entire world order by annexing Crimea.
“Such actions are totally unacceptable. Therefore, we counter these threatening actions and respond to them, among other things, by extending our sanctions against Russia”, - Hammond stated.
“Our position is clear – we don’t recognize and will never recognize unlawful occupation of Crimea by the Russia Federation”, - he added.
The British Foreign Secretary also mentioned systemic violations of right of Crimean Tatars on the annexed peninsula.
“The recent decision of Russia authorities to call the parliament of Crimean Tatars an extremist organization raises serious concern. All accusations of human rights violations need to be investigated in full extent”, - the Foreign Secretary emphasized.
“I call on the Russian Federation to stop the occupation and return Crimea to Ukraine”, - it is said in Hammond’s statement.
Earlier, on March 18, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited occupied Crimea.