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EU publishes declaration condemning annexation of Crimea

March 16, 2020

On 16 March, EU High Representative Josep Borrell made a declaration on behalf of the EU on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol

“Six years on from the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains steadfast in its commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said, adding that “the EU does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law.”

Josep Borrell stated that the increasing militarisation of the peninsula continues to negatively impact security in the Black Sea region. He described the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula as ‘significantly deteriorated’, adding that the “residents of the peninsula face systematic restrictions of fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of expression, religion or belief and association and the right to peaceful assembly.”

The declaration concluded that in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 74/168 of 18 December 2019, “it is crucial that the regional and international human rights monitoring mechanisms as well as the non-governmental human rights organisations have unimpeded access to Crimea and Sevastopol.”

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Text of the EU declaration


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