In its May 12 resolution, the European Parliament stated that pressure on Russia should be increased and sanctions be extended due to the persecutions of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people in temporary occupied Crimea.

This is said in a Parliament’s resolution approved in Strasburg on Thursday, Ukrinform reports.

“MEPs strongly condemn the decision of the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea on 26 April 2016 to ban the Mejlis, and demand the immediate reversal of this decision,” reads the document.

According to the resolution, the decision by the Crimean court means “systemic and targeted persecution of Crimean Tatars”

The European Parliament urge the EU to extend a list of personal sanctions against the persons involved in the process of banning of the Mejlis, and called on the European External Action Service to increase pressure on Russia.

The resolution proposes providing financial aid to the Mejlis, which is currently operating in exile, from the EU budget. MEPs stressed again that the occupation of the Crimea is a flagrant violation of international law, which is why the EU member states must strictly adhere to the policy of non-recognition of Russia-annexed Crimea.

Additionally, the European Parliament stressed the importance of observing the ban on visiting the peninsula without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities. The ban applies to some politicians and members of national parliaments of the EU countries.

“The European Parliament again confirms its full commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” reads the resolution.

MEPs once again urged the occupation authorities to provide access to Crimea to international human rights organizations, as well as release all political prisoners, including those imprisoned in the Russian Federation.