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Joint statement of the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Georgia and Ukraine condemns the persecution of Crimean Tatars

18. May 2020 - 15:31

On the 76th anniversary of the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Georgia and Ukraine made a joint statement, commemorating all victims and condemning Russia's continued repressions against the Crimean Tatar people in the Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine in Crimea. They also called on Russia to stop its aggression in Ukraine.

“Six years on from the annexation of Crimea, the situation on the peninsula is grim; Russia continues to violate human rights, especially those of minority peoples. As a member of the UN Security Council Estonia raised the issue in March with a separate meeting on the human rights situation in Crimea, where discussions also touched upon the persecution of the Crimean Tatars. We continue our efforts to make sure that the events in Crimea are not forgotten,” Foreign Minister Reinsalu said.

The foreign ministers expressed support to the Crimean Tatar people in their struggle for their rights, and condemned Russia’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine and new repressions against the Crimean Tatar people.
“We call upon Russia to stop violations of the fundamental principles of international law, implement fully UN General Assembly resolution on Human rights situation in Crimea (Ukraine) and comply with the demands of the international community regarding the deoccupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,” the statement says.

In conclusion, the ministers stress unequivocally that whatever attempts Russia undertakes to legitimise its occupation of the peninsula, the fact remains undisputed: Crimea is Ukraine.

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