European Parliament resolution: Sanctions against Russia should be increased

European Parliament resolution: Sanctions against Russia should be increased

The European Parliament in its resolution of May 12 stated that pressure on Russia should be increased and sanctions be extended due to the persecutions of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people in temporary occupied Crimea.

This is said in a Parliament’s resolution approved in Strasburg on Thursday, Ukrinform’s own correspondent reports.

“MEPs strongly condemn the decision of the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea on 26 April 2016 to ban the Mejlis, and demand the immediate reversal of this decision,” reads the document.

According to the resolution, the decision by the Crimean court means “systemic and targeted persecution of Crimean Tatars”

The European Parliament urge the EU to extend a list of personal sanctions against the persons involved in the process of banning of the Mejlis, and called on the European External Action Service to increase pressure on Russia.

The resolution also reiterates the European Parliament’s severe condemnation of "the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation", which it says was a "breach of international law".

“The European Parliament again confirms its full commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” reads the resolution.


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