The Netherlands will continue supporting EU sanctions and putting international pressure on Russia until Crimea is returned to Ukraine and the Minsk agreements are fully implemented. The relevant statement was made by country’s ambassador to Ukraine Jennes de Mol at his meeting with Anton Korynevych, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, his first deputy Darya Svyrydova, and deputy Tamila Tasheva.
“The Netherlands does not recognize the annexation of Crimea and considers it to be a violation of international law. We will support the current sanctions until the violation stops and the Minsk agreements are fully implemented. Through our Human Rights fund, we support lawyers, civic activists, and families of political prisoners on the ground, and we will continue putting international pressure on Russia, according to our policy,” the message reads.
As we reported earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas decisively opposed the return of Russia to the G7, unless it gives the annexed Crimea back to Ukraine.
"The reason to exclude Russia was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine. So far we have no decision [to return Russia], I see no options," Maas replied to the question about a possible return of the Russian Federation to G7.