According to him, this issue remains to be important for whole Europe.
“Of course, we have the goal (the return of Crimea, - 112.international), this process will be very difficult, which is caused by Russia; it is actions in the east of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, of course, and that is why for all countries is important to protect the European system of security and international law,” Löfven said.
Löfven stated that the sanctions against Russia should be extended until Ukrainian territories are not returned.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporary occupied territory.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. In October 2015, then-President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.
The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. West imposed the number of sanctions against Russia.
Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.