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Foreign Ministry’s statement on the sixth anniversary of illegal occupation of Crimea

Created: 2020.02.21 / Updated: 2020.02.21 16:05

On the sixth anniversary of the illegal occupation of Crimea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania condemns the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which has begun in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and spread to eastern Ukraine. Russia’s illegal actions violate the international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and the Budapest Memorandum, as well as bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia.

On 27 March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution 68/262, affirming the General Assembly’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and underscoring the invalidity of the Crimean ‘referendum’.

We condemn the continued deterioration of the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula and its ongoing militarization. Bearing in mind the 2019 United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/168 on the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, and the resolution 74/17 on the problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, we urge the Russian Federation to stop systematic human rights violations and to lift restrictions of fundamental freedoms in Crimea, to immediately release illegally detained and imprisoned Ukrainian citizens, to end the illegal deportation of Ukrainian citizens from Crimea, to stop persecution of Crimean Tatars, as well as to provide full, free and unhindered access to international human rights monitoring mechanisms to Crimea, and to ensure unhindered and free passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait to and from the Azov Sea.

Lithuania firmly supports the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. Lithuania will consistently pursue the non-recognition policy of the illegal occupation and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and will continue to strive to ensure that the EU and other international sanctions against the Russian Federation remain in place until Russia withdraws from the illegally seized territory of Ukraine.

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