EU on fifth anniversary of Crimean annexation: We do not recognize Russian annexation

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Mogherini, the European Union supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine
18:52, 17 March 2019

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union

The European Parliament has not recognized and continues to condemn the Crimean annexation by the Russian Federation. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union, outlined this from the declaration to the fifth anniversary of the Russian aggression in Crimea, as Interfax-Ukraine reports this.

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The EU has not changed its position in supporting the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine since the Crimean annexation. The EU also condemns the Crimean and Sevastopol annexation, what is the violation of international law.

“Annexation is still the direct challenge to the national security, what has a serious impact on the international law order, which protects the territorial integrity, unity, and sovereignty of all countries,” as said in the report.

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According to Mogherini, the EU continues to make pressure on the Russian Federation with the help of imposing sanctions against them and urging the members of the UN to undertake the same measures in accordance with the resolution 68/225 of the General Assembly.

Besides, the High Representative of the EU condemned the Russian aggression at the Ukrainian ship in the Kerch Strait.

“The European Union calls for the immediate release of the illegally detained members of the crew [detained during Azov crisis],” Mogherini outlined.

Related: UN Security Council convenes to talk over situation in Crimea on Friday

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