This was said in a press release posted on the website of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on December 14.
"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 recognized borders. Ukraine further presented the concept of an “International Crimean Platform”. Cooperation in international format and questions of international law were also addressed by the participants," the statement reads.
The parties drew attention to the severe deterioration of the human rights situation on the peninsula, which is taking place against the background of non-admission of international organizations and human rights activists to Crimea.
Both sides also exchanged views on the security situation and the growing militarization of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.
“The EU does not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation. It remains committed to fully implement its non-recognition policy,” the document notes.
The meeting was held at the level of senior officials from the European External Action Service and the European Commission and representatives of Ukrainian administration.
The EU imposed sanctions on Russia in March 2014 in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity.
On June 18, 2020, the Council of the EU decided to renew the sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation until June 23, 2021.
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