EU warns of Russian build-up in Crimea

imgThe EU warned Monday of a continued Russian military build-up in Crimea as it condemned Moscow’s “illegal annexation” of the peninsula from Ukraine one year ago.

“The EU reaffirms its deep concern at the continuous military build-up and deterioration of the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of free speech and the persecution of persons belonging to minorities,” said a statement by Mogherini approved by the EU’s foreign ministers. 

The European Union, which has hit Russia with tough economic sanctions over its intervention in Ukraine, “does not recognise and continues to condemn this act of violation of international law,” the statement said.”The illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol … is also a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states,” it added.


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