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EU is ‘concerned’ again and will not lift sanctions against Russia

The European Union intends to maintain sanctions against Russia imposed a year ago due to annexation of Crimea.

Federica Mogherini

The European Union is ready to prolong the validity of sanctions against Russia because of annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. It was said in a statement released today by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Common Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on behalf of the European Union, Joinfo.ua reports.

It is noted that a year after the organization of illegal and improper "referendum" and subsequent occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia, the European Union "remains firmly committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."

"The European Union does not recognize and continues to condemn this act of violation of international law. Illegal annexation of Crimea is a direct challenge to international security that has serious consequences for the international rule of law that protects unity and sovereignty of all nations," said Mogherini.

"The European Union will remain faithful to full compliance with its policy of non-recognition, including the means of restrictive measures. Once again, the European Union calls on the UN member states to consider such activities of non-recognition in accordance with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262," the text emphasizes.

In addition, the EU states "its deep concern at the continuous military build-up and deterioration of the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of free speech and the persecution of persons belonging to minorities."

President of the European Council Donald Tusk noted that the sanctions were needed for further pressure on Russia in order to force the aggressor to fulfill the Minsk Agreement.