Abolition of death penalty is an explicit and absolute condition to become a Member of the European Union and also a prerequisite for membership to the Council of Europe. It represents a distinctive achievement of our continent.
8 October marked a day to pay tribute to Oyub Titiev and other human rights defenders, as well as journalists and media actors, who have shown great courage in pursuing and exercising their right to their profession, and to freedom of expression.
The European Union expects the Russian authorities to abide fully by the international commitments Russia has made, including in the Council of Europe and the OSCE, to uphold these fundamental rights, and to release without delay the peaceful demonstrators and the journalists.
The EU marks ten years since the conflict between Russia and Georgia and expresses its unwavering commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Georgia. The EU reiterates its firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.