EU REMAINS COMMITTED TO REALIZING THE NON-RECOGNITION POLICY OF THE ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA BY THE RUSSIAN FEREDATION
The main goal of the 7th round of Ukraine-EU consultations on the legal consequences of the temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, which is held on December 9-11 in Brussels, is to exchange information on the current state of affairs in the field of non-recognition by the EU of the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.
A member of the Ukrainian delegation, Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on European Integration, Oleksii Illiashenko, gave a speech about the main priorities of Ukraine’s policy regarding the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, in particular regarding restrictive measures (sanctions) against legal entities and individuals of foreign states, to protect human rights and their non-compliance by the occupying state, and also, the development of the security situation on the peninsula and in the region of the Black and Azov Seas.
Oleksii Illiashenko emphasized that the Russian Federation continues to systematically violate human rights in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, including continued systematic persecution of ethnic Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars, religious communities, in particular the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine), in addition, education in the Ukrainian language has been eliminated, the militarization of education is being actively implemented, etc.
«The European Union’s sanction policy towards the Russian Federation needs to be improved, in particular, in terms of strengthening restrictions for EU residents, and increasing responsibility for violating the sanctions regime», ‒ noted Oleksii Illiashenko in his speech. «Particular attention should be paid to conducting explanatory events on the responsibility of doing business in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, threats to personal safety and the consequences of illegal visits to the Peninsula of EU citizens».
It is worth noting that the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, in the framework of its activities monitors compliance with the legal regime in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, cases of violations of international humanitarian law, violations of human rights. According to the results of the collected materials processing, decisions are being made on the existence of grounds for applying sanctions to individuals and legal entities of violators, and relevant regulatory acts are being developed.
The seventh round of Ukraine-EU consultations took place at the senior-level government officials of the European External Action Service and the European Commission. The Ukrainian delegation also included the Permanent Representative in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anton Korinevich (head of the delegation). Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ihor Ponochovny, representatives of the Ministry for Regional Development and others.
As a result of the event, it was emphasized that the European Union does not and will not recognize the attempt to annex the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation and remains committed to realizing the non-recognition policy.
In addition, the Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, during his working visit, met with the President of the Office of the European Council of the European Union Zoltan Taubner. They discussed the issues of cooperation between the European Council and Ukraine in the field of human rights protection of IDPs and humanitarian issues.