The EU considers the detention of Crimean Tatars illegal

Глянько Катерина
11:59, 09 July
The EU considers the detention of Crimean Tatars illegal
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The European Union considers the arrest of the Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea to be politically motivated and - since they were carried out under Russian law by the Russian "authorities" on the territory of Ukraine - illegal under international law.

The statement was made by Peter Stano, a spokesman for the European External Action Service, on July 8.

According to the statement, the EU does not recognize the application of Russian law in Crimea and Sevastopol and "expects that all illegally detained Ukrainians will be released without delay".

The EU calls on Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars and to adhere to international human rights standards.

"International human rights standards must be guaranteed on the peninsula. Full, free and unrestricted access of international human rights defenders to the entire territory of Ukraine, including Crimea and Sevastopol, remains a priority", - the statement said.

The European Union also remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

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