The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in connection with the third anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea, published a statement on the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The statement on behalf of the European Union was circulated by the EU Delegation in Ukraine on Friday.
In particular, the document states that the European Union is adamant in its support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and continues to condemn Russia for this unprecedented violation of international law.
“Three 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 firmly committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The European Union reiterates that it does not recognize and continues to condemn this violation of international law. It remains a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states,” reads the statement.
The European Union expressed the desire to conduct European court trials in the Crimea and called on the Russian Federation to release all those who were convicted by Russian courts in the Crimea in violation of international law.
"Furthermore, the EU reiterates its call for the immediate release of Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and all those who have been detained and sentenced in breach of international law,” a senior EU diplomat said.
Earlier, QHA reported that March 13, the Council of the European Union extended sanctions against Russia for military aggression and the occupation of the territories of Ukraine for another 6 months. Allegedly, the European diplomats did not see any arguments for lifting or easing the sanctions.