The European Union is concerned about human rights and fundamental freedoms violations in the Crimea annexed by Russia and calls for unimpeded access for international and regional mechanisms of human rights monitoring on the peninsula. The EU statement on the continuation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the Crimea occupation was declared during the OSCE Permanent Council meeting.
“We share the urgent appeal of the UN Secretary-General to provide unhindered access to Crimea for international and regional human rights monitoring mechanisms,” the statement said.
In addition, the European Union has condemned a new conscription wave of the annexed Crimean Peninsula residents into the Russian army. Peter Stano, the EU foreign policy spokesman, reports about this.
“This is a part of a continuous effort to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. That is also another attempt to integrate forcibly the illegally annexed Crimea and the city of Sevastopol into the Russian Federation. Such actions are a violation of international humanitarian law. The Russian Federation must abide by the principles of international law and ensure the protection of human rights on the peninsula,” the EU diplomacy head said.
The statement also reiterates that the European Union does not recognise and will not recognise the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and continues to expect Russia to “stop all the violations of international law on the Crimean Peninsula.”
Meanwhile, the former Minister of Resorts and Tourism of Crimea, head of the Association of Hospitality Industry of Ukraine Alexander Liev said in an interview that currently, Russians are outraged by the allocation of subsidies to the occupied peninsula from the Russian budget. There is almost no interest in investing in Crimea, and the only area where investment in Crimea has increased is in the purchase of apartments by top officials who have moved to the peninsula from Moscow.