Dialogue with Russia impossible due to occupation of Crimea – European Commission

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Canan Kevser
01 September 2020, 17:24
Canan Kevser
01 September 2020, 17:24

Russia refuses to resume human rights consultations with the European Union. However, the restoration of a strategic dialogue between the EU and the Russian Federation is impossible.

EU’s Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano said this at a briefing on Monday.

“The EU has repeatedly offered the Russian side to resume consultations on human rights. But, unfortunately, Russia did not accept this. At the same time, the restoration of a high-level strategic dialogue between the European Union and the Russian Federation is impossible, because it was suspended due to the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014,” Stano said.

He also noted that the tendency of human rights protection in Russia is very negative.

In the spring of 2014, Russia invaded part of Ukraine's territory - the Crimean Peninsula. On March 16, 2014, a "referendum" on the status of the peninsula was held in Crimea and Sevastopol, as a result of which Russia announced Crimea a part of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, Ukraine, the European Union, the United States and other countries did not recognize the results of the vote in the "referendum" and imposed sanctions on Russia.