The European Union stands ready to continue with the sanctions against Russia in connection with the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. This is stated in the statement of EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union approved today, Censor.NET reports citing LigaBusinessInform.
The statement emphasizes that a year after the illegal and unlawful "referendum" and subsequent illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The statement noted that the European Union does not recognize and condemns the act of violation of international law, calling the illegal annexation of Crimea a direct challenge to international security that has serious consequences for the international rule of law which protects the unity and sovereignty of all nations.
The European Union pledges to remain faithful to full compliance with its policy of non-recognition, including by means of restrictive measures. The EU again once again called on UN member states to consider similar non-recognition activities in accordance with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262.
The EU also expresses deep concern about military buildup and the deterioration of the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of freedom of speech and harassment of minorities.