The European Union and its partners continue to pursue a policy of not recognizing the illegal annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said at a press conference in Moscow.
“Our discussion was useful, constructive. We in the European Union have always believed that it is better to have a dialogue, not only within the EU, but also with global players, one of which is Russia. We have a different assessment of the conflict in the east of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea," Mogherini said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov found a new "justification" for the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, comparing it with the Falkland Islands.
“Since Federica said the word "Crimea" ... Crimea is a part of the Russian Federation, in full accordance with the will of the people of Crimea. And at least I did not hear that the EU disputed the statements that many British Prime Ministers made when it came to the Falkland Islands and that UN General Assembly addressed resolutions to Britain stating that Argentina and Britain needed to sit down at the table. The answer from London was one: No one can challenge the right of the Falkland Islands to self-determination," Lavrov said.
Mogherini noted that the parties discussed further ways of cooperation with a view to implementing the Minsk agreements and ending the conflict in the Donbas.
Reference. The Falkland Islands are a British overseas territory and an important transit point on the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, allowing to control the South Atlantic. The rights of Great Britain to the islands are disputed by Argentina, considering them as part of the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the islands of the South Atlantic.