(QHA) -

Ukraine on Dec. 22 lashed out at Zimbabwe for a visit by Zimbabwean Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to Crimea, who came to the region to offer advice on dealing with sanctions.

The EU has imposed substantial additional sanctions on investment, services and trade with Crimea and Sevastopol, to reinforce the EU’s policy of not recognizing their annexation by Russia.

"Ukraine qualifies this move as representing disregard on the part of Zimbabwe for current Ukrainian legislation, international law, the UN Charter, and the 'Territorial Integrity of Ukraine' resolution. It may have negative effects on further Ukrainian-Zimbabwean relations," Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said in a statement in reference to a visit to the peninsula by Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

"We call upon the Republic of Zimbabwe to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and comply with international law," it said.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March, following a local referendum on the region’s status.