The German government condemns the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and violations of human rights on the peninsula, which constantly points out to the Russian side. This is stated in the commentary of the Foreign Ministry of Germany.
"Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the entire federal government are constantly and unambiguously criticizing the annexation of Crimea, which is contrary to international law, including during meetings and negotiations with the Russian government and the public," the ministry stated.
The department stressed that it "categorically advocates the restoration of the rule of law and the protection of human rights in the Crimea."
Earlier, Ukrainian human rights activists appealed to German FM Gabriel to influence the government of Russia in the need to allow doctors to Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the occupied Crimea.
At a briefing on Friday, a representative of the German Foreign Ministry Rainer Breul said that the official appeal from human rights defenders in Berlin had not yet been received.
According to the information available, about 60 citizens of Ukraine were imprisoned for political reasons on the territory of the Russian Federation and in the Crimea.
The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba says that the Crimea and the Donbas have disappeared from the view of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe.
QHA reported that during the visit of the Head of the Ukrainian state to Brussels, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to make the utmost efforts for the speedy release of Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas and political prisoners in the Crimea, illegally detained by Russia.