On 14 December 2020, the European Union and Ukraine discussed the consequences of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol via videoconference. It was the eighth such meeting.
The EU and Ukraine gave updates on their respective policies towards Crimea and Sevastopol, including restrictive measures, and welcomed the diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. Ukraine further presented the concept of an “International Crimean Platform”. Cooperation in international fora and questions of international law were also addressed by the participants. The severe deterioration of the human rights situation in the peninsula was underlined, with international organisations and human rights actors still denied access. Both sides also exchanged views on the security situation and the growing militarisation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.
The EU does not and will not recognise the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation. It remains committed to fully implement its non-recognition policy.
The meeting was held at the level of senior officials from the European External Action Services and the European Commission and representatives of Ukrainian administration.
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