Ukraine - Déclaration franco-allemande - 26 février 2019
Side-event “Five years after : Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sebastopol (Ukraine) – 26 February 2019
“Five years have passed since the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russia. Despite the guarantees it has given regarding respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders at the signing of the Budapest Memorandum, Russia has violated these principles since 2014.
This situation gives rise to worrying tensions, particularly in the Kerch Strait, the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. Beyond the deterioration of the security situation, the illegal annexation of Crimea has led to serious and repeated violations of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people residing in that territory : extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions, kidnappings, forced disappearances, discrimination. We call on Russia to put an end to this policy, which is aimed at intimidating those who dare denouncing loudly the annexation of Crimea.
In parallel with our efforts in the Normandy format, dedicated to the situation in Eastern Ukraine, we once again call on Russia to respect its international obligations and commitments and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, and to release immediately and unconditionally all Ukrainian crew members, and to return their ships.”