KYIV (QHA) -

All those who are involved in the presidential elections in the annexed Crimea should be sanctioned, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said at a meeting of members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people with foreign ambassadors and representatives of international organizations, QHA correspondent reports.

According to the minister, condemning statements from the international community about elections in the occupied Crimea is not enough.

"We believe that the elections in the occupied territory are illegitimate and those who take part in organizing these elections must get under sanctions and bear responsibility. I spoke about this with Mogherini yesterday and will speak with the foreign ministers of the EU countries on Monday," he said.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister added that these could be national sanctions, that is, sanctions of individual governments.

"For example, if someone gets under Lithuanian sanctions, this fact can automatically mean all-European sanctions," he explained.

Earlier, Klimkin appealed to the inhabitants of the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia with a request not to help the invaders organize illegal elections and not participate in them.

QHA