Today the High Representative, Mogherini, released a declaration on behalf of all EU Member States on the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. Two years ago, Russia illegally annexed the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a gross violation of international law and of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The EU remains committed to fully implementing its non-recognition policy, including through restrictive measures and sanctions. A full explanation of the EU's non-recognition policy for Crimea and Sevastopol can be found here .
The EU is deeply concerned at the military build-up on the Crimean peninsula and the deteriorating human rights situation, particularly that of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, religion and belief. The full declaration can be read here.