Russia has illegally annexed Crimea and supports aggression in eastern Ukraine that threatens global security. Stefan Leven, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden, stated this in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

“Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as the aggression in eastern Ukraine, are serious violations of international law, which challenge global security and cause human suffering,” he said.

The Swedish Prime Minister also stressed that the European Union clearly states the need to implement the Minsk agreements.

In additiion, Stefan Leven stated that Sweden would chair the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2021, and its main priority will be “the work on conflicts resolution.” He added that the European security order should be fulfilled, not revised.

Meanwhile, it became known that Russia and Japan did not sign a peace agreement in 2018, in particular, due to the Crimea annexation. According to Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of the Land of the Rising Sun, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2016, he felt that Russia was ready to resolve the territorial dispute with Japan. However, the agreement has never been signed. The Japanese politician believes that one of the main factors that influenced this was the increased tension between Washington and Moscow after the Crimea annexation by Russia.

Bohdan Marusyak

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