Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the ambassadors of the EU countries to expand sanctions against the Russian Federation due to violations in the occupied Crimea. This was discussed on July 31, during a meeting of Kuleba with the heads of the diplomatic missions of the EU and its member states accredited in Ukraine, the press service of the Foreign Ministry reports.
"The full implementation of the Minsk agreements and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders should remain a fundamental principle in the EU's policy towards the Russian Federation. If someone tries to change this principle until Russian policy returns to the framework of international law, this will only increase threats and send false signals to the Russian Federation," Kuleba said.
The Foreign Minister thanked the EU for the "Crimean package of sanctions" and noted the need to expand it, taking into account the fact that the Russian Federation continues its occupation and neglects its obligations as an occupying state in accordance with international law. We are talking about the illegal launch of railway communication between the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied Crimea, the illegal holding of Russian elections on the peninsula.
The Foreign Minister paid special attention to the threats that Russia's large-scale militarization of Crimea and the Black Sea region constitutes for the common European security.
One of the topics of the meeting was the difficult human rights situation in the Russian-occupied Crimea, the unlawful persecution of Ukrainian citizens. The Minister is convinced that the EU sanctions policy for violation of human rights should be applied to the criminal actions of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
As we reported before, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sees no reason to talk about the destruction of the "Normandy format" because of a letter from Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration of Russian Federation. In it, Kozak proposed to abandon the negotiations on Donbas on the level of advisers.