The European Union expects international human rights standards on the peninsula to be upheld and all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula to be released without delay.
The European Union reiterates its full support for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166, which demands that those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.
The EU is alarmed of yet two new and recent executions in Belarus. The executions of Viktar Lyotaw and Alyaksey Mikhalenya have taken place in secret in mid-May 2018. The EU reaffirms its principled position against the death penalty in all times and in any circumstance.