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Ukraine demands tougher sanctions against Russia, condemns visit of MEPs to Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Members of European Parliaments arrived in the annexed Crimea as observers of the voting for amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation
17:39, 1 July 2020

Russian Federation
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed protest against an illegal visit of ​​ Members of the European Parliament from France to the temporarily occupied Crimea, as well as some representatives of Germany, Hungary, and Bulgaria, and called for sanctions against organizers of illegal voting for amendments to the Russian Constitution in Crimea. The press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported this.

“This visit is carried out in violation of Ukrainian law on access to the temporarily occupied territory and has no official status,” the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry also condemned the participation of MEPs in the monitoring of the so-called “voting” for amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the results of which in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol will have no legal force and will not be recognized by the international community.

The ministry noted that all those involved in organizing and conducting illegal voting in Crimea will be held accountable in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine.

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“Ukraine urges the international community to increase pressure on the aggressor state, including imposing personal sanctions against the organizers of illegal voting in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol,” the Foreign Ministry summed up.

It was reported that on July 1, Russia holds voting for amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Voting also takes place on the territory of the annexed Crimea, where Members of the European Parliament arrived.

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