The European Union called the detention of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea to be politically motivated and expressed expectation that Russia would stop to put pressure on them and would guarantee the observance of the international standards of the human rights on the peninsula as the EU reported.
“The European Union considers their detention to be politically motivated and, as they have been carried out under Russian legislation by Russian ‘authorities’ in Ukrainian territory, illegal under international law. The European Union does not recognise the enforcement of Russian legislation in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and expects all illegally detained Ukrainians to be released without delay,” the statement says.
The EU also stated that it “expects Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community”.
“International human rights standards must be guaranteed in the peninsula. Full, free and unrestricted access for international human rights actors to the whole territory of Ukraine, including Crimea and Sevastopol, continues to be paramount,” the statement notes.
The EU also assured its unwavering support of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
As we reported earlier, on July 7, officers of Russia’s law enforcement bodies conducted searches in the premises of the Crimean Tatars located in different parts of the annexed Crimea.