President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that for the de-occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, international partners must take more effective steps, including sanctions for human rights violations. Zelensky said this at a joint press conference with European Council President Charles Michel.
"I am grateful for the consistent policy of the European Union on non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea. At the same time, more effective international steps are needed. The issue of Crimea must be put on the international agenda," the president said.
The head of state also invited Michel to take part in the Crimean Platform summit, which is scheduled for this summer.
"The EU has recently adopted a new sanction regime for human rights violations. In this regard, I proposed the introduction of similar sanctions against those who commit arbitrariness on the occupied peninsula. This could be a powerful contribution of Brussels to the Crimean platform," Zelensky added.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine submitted to the European Union lists for the introduction of new sanctions against Russia. They concern Russia's human rights violations in Crimea and Donbas.
It was also noted that the European Union had recently approved an EU sanctions mechanism for human rights violations.