In the document adopting a resolution on the situation at the Ukrainian border and in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine, the European Parliament explicitly underscores that Russia must withdraw its armed forces from Ukraine’s border and stop creating additional threats to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

“It is very important for us that the European Parliament clearly confirmed the prospect for Ukraine’s accession to the EU in the same resolution. European partners clearly understand the scale of today’s security challenges in Europe, as well as the source of these challenges,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba commented.

The document also highlights that strict economic, financial, and personal restrictive measures imposed by the EU, the USA, and other international partners should restrain Russia and discourage it from further aggression. In addition, any attempts of Russia to include other countries to its “sphere of influence” and thus determine their future are rejected.

Demanding that the Russian Federation must respect international law, the MEPs persistently call on Russia to fulfil its obligations in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and to guarantee the freedom of navigation in the Black Sea and the transit passage through the international Kerch Strait to the ports of the Sea of Azov.

Natalia Tolub

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