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MEPs call to expand anti-Russian sanctions for repressions in Crimea
18:59, 4 October 2017
MEPs call to expand anti-Russian sanctions for repressions in Crimea

The deputies also plan to urge the EU Council to expand personal economic sanctions and impose visa ban on persons responsible for fabricating political cases and illegal sentences in occupied Crimea

18:59, 4 October 2017

Narodny Korrespondent

European Parliament members call on the EU to expand the list of economic and personal sanctions against Russia and those involved in the persecution of Crimean Tatars, as well as other Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin. This issue is included in the drafts of five registered resolutions of the EP concerning the cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and the journalist Mykola Semena, Ukrinform reports.

“EP underlines that restrictive measures should be imposed on all individuals responsible for gross human rights violations, including those Crimean and Russian officials directly responsible for charging and sentencing Akhtem Chiygoz, Mykola Semena and Ilmi Umerov, and these should include the freezing of assets in EU banks and travel bans; reiterates its support for the EU’s decision to prohibit imports from Crimea and the export of certain goods and technologies, investment, trade and services to CrimeaThe deputies also plan to urge the EU Council to expand personal economic sanctions and impose visa ban on persons responsible for fabricating political cases and illegal sentences in occupied Crimea,” the document states.

The draft document requires the Russian Federation leadership to immediately and unconditionally release all Ukrainian political hostages illegally imprisoned in Crimea and on Russian territory, to cancel all accusations against them and to stop repressions against the Crimean Tatars.

Related: Crimean ‘court’ arrests another three Crimean Tatars

“European parliament condemns the sentencing of Ilmi Umerov, Crimean Tatar Leader and Deputy Chair of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chair of the Mejlis, and journalist Mykola Semena; demands that these convictions be reversed and that Mr Umerov and Mr Chyigoz are immediately and unconditionally released and all charges against Mr Semena are immediately and unconditionally dropped,” the document says.

The draft resolution also demands the release of a Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, detained for political reasons in Moscow,

European conservatives and reformists also supported in their document the creation of an international negotiating platform aimed at de-occupation of Crimea.

Related: 48 Crimean Tatars illegally jailed for political reasons in annexed Crimea

MEPs also reminded Moscow of its full responsibility as an occupying power, for the observance of human rights in the Crimea and require the admission of international monitoring groups on the territory of peninsula, in particular under the auspices of the United Nations.

“The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation is illegal and in violation of international law and European agreements signed by both the Russian Federation and Ukraine, notably the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation,” it is noted.

EP supports the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders and reiterates its condemnation of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation.

The debate on the violation of human rights in the Crimea occupied by Russia and voting for the relevant resolution will be held on Thursday in Strasbourg.

As it was reported earlier the Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea controlled by the Kremlin sentenced on Monday the deputy head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years of imprisonment.

Ukraine will do everything to release Chyigoz, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Crimean ‘court’ to announce a verdict in the case of Crimean Tatar official on August 10.

Chyigoz has been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months now. He is charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014.

Related: Ukrainian MFA demands from Russia to stop discrimination of Crimean Tatars

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