KYIV (QHA) -

The introduction of sanctions by the European Union against individuals involved in organizing illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea will be a signal to "all real collaborators", the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated on his Facebook page.

"If the EU imposes sanctions against those who took part in the organization and conduct of elections in the occupied Crimea, this will be an important signal to all real collaborators - those who follow the orders of the occupation authorities," he wrote.

In addition, Klimkin stressed that the Crimean Tatars showed their courage when they did not come to the "elections" on the annexed peninsula.

"Despite the intimidation, the Crimean Tatars deliberately did not come to illegitimate presidential elections in the Crimea - this is not only an act of civil will and courage, but also a powerful signal to our partners," he said.

QHA reported, that the Council of the European Union imposed sanctions against five persons involved in organizing illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol. In turn, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that the topic of de-occupation of Crimea is one of the priority in the EU.

QHA