14:55 16.03.2017

European parliament plans to adopt resolution on Crimea

The European Parliament after debates on Thursday will adopt a resolution on Ukrainian political prisoners in Crimea.

According to its draft, the European Parliament condemns the discriminatory policy pursued by the so-called authorities against the Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea, as well as those in Russia who are against the annexation of Crimea.

The parliamentarians believe that the Russian Federation, as the power actually controlling Crimea, is bound to protect human rights on the peninsula according to international laws. They call for unrestricted access to Crimea for international organizations and independent experts of the OSCE, the UN, the Council of Europe, human rights organizations and the media.

The European Parliament, in particular, reiterates support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, expresses concern in connection with the continued large-scale militarization of the Crimean peninsula by Russia.

The deputies urge all political subjects of the EU to adhere to the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.

They also urge the Russian authorities to provide information on the details of the criminal prosecution, the state of health and the conditions of detention of Ukrainian citizens in prisons, which, in the opinion of parliamentarians, were politically motivated prosecutions in Russia. The resolution mentions the names of several prisoners and stresses that Minsk agreements can not be considered without their release.

The European Parliament calls on the Council of the EU to impose sanctions against those who participate in the illegal and politically motivated criminal prosecution of Ukrainian citizens in Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, to find ways to help Ukraine in the UN International Court of Justice.

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