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Lithuania To Press For Continuing International Sanctions In Respect Of Russia For Crimea Occupation

Lithuania To Press For Continuing International Sanctions In Respect Of Russia For Crimea Occupation

Crimea, Russia, occupation, sanctions, Lithuania

Lithuania is determined to press for continuing the international sanctions in respect of Russia for the occupation of Crimea.

Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania on occasion of the third anniversary of Crimea occupation.

"We will aim to maintain the EU and international sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to the illegal annexation of the peninsula until Russia withdraws from the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine," it reads.

Lithuania condemns the ongoing restrictions by Russia, as an occupying power, of fundamental human rights and violations of the freedoms of media, expression, peaceful assembly, religion and belief, as well as the persecution of the Crimean Tatars.

"We express concerns over the illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens in Crimea, the detention, and interrogation of journalists, who speak up for Ukraine's territorial integrity, as well as the ban on international human rights organizations monitoring the human rights situation in Crimea," the Ministry said.

Growing numbers of Crimean Tatar activists and human rights activists illegally held in detention, acts of intimidation, abduction and torture, the ban of the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the closure of Ukrainian schools and houses of worship, continued repressions against the Crimean Tatar minority, the entrance ban to Crimea on Crimean Tatar leaders, and other human rights violations are also worrying.

The illegal actions of the Russian Federation not only undermine bilateral and multilateral agreements on ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but also pose threats to security and stability in Europe as a whole.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in its statement on occasion of the anniversary of Russia's armed aggression upon Ukraine underlines that Russia's aggressive policy constitutes a threat to the global order.

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