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EPP Summit in Riga condemns Russian aggression and calls on to start discussion on deployment of peacekeepers in Ukraine

Eastern Partnership Summit of the European People's Party condemned the military aggression of Russia against Ukraine, including annexation of Ukrainian Crimea.

EPP Summit in Riga condemns Russian aggression and calls on to start discussion on deployment of peacekeepers in Ukraine

EPP leaders declared condemnation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, especially the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, despite the fact that Belarus and Armenia voted negatively, Joinfo.ua reports. The text of the declaration will mention the fact that these two countries voted against such recognition in the UN General Assembly as a compromise.

"(EPP leaders) condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraine, especially the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and the occupation of some parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, as well as the continued occupation of two Georgian regions in violation of the EU-brokered cease-fire agreement, which has seriously threatened security in Europe," the document says.

In this regard, they called for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, "starting with full respect for the ceasefire and removal of heavy weapons as well as the exchange of hostages, the release of unlawfully detained persons, including Nadia Savchenko, the restoration of full Ukrainian governmental control over the border, the withdrawal of all "foreign armed contingents", weapons and mercenaries from the Ukrainian territory.

"Full implementation of the Minsk Agreements constitutes a precondition for any improvement in relations with Russia," the EPP leaders emphasize.

Also, the declaration involved a call for early discussions on the "possibilities of deployment on the EU CSDP Mission in support of implementation of the Minsk Agreements in line with of the ideas suggested by Ukraine."

The EPP leaders also said that Eastern Partnership countries "should be free and sovereign in exercising the right to determine their future, including to join any international organizations or alliance without being subjected to undue external pressure, threats or intimidation." "The EU will remain supportive of the sovereign choice of the Eastern Partnership countries and their peoples," the declaration stated.

The EPP leaders also stressed the need of finding a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the frozen conflicts in the region.