EU does not recognise Russia’s land ownership decree on Crimea

EU's high representative for foreign affairs Josep Borrell

Russia has recently added, by a presidential decree, most of Crimea and Sevastopol to the list of border territories of the Russian Federation in which non-Russian citizens are prevented from owning land. The EU does not recognise this decree, which is yet another attempt to forcibly integrate the illegally-annexed peninsula into Russia, the EEAS said in a statement, issued on 1 April.

Crimea is part of Ukraine, the EU does not recognise the illegal annexation of the peninsula by Russia, which is a clear violation of international law. The decree is also a violation of international humanitarian law, as it is another step towards the imposition of Russian citizenship in the peninsula. This could also lead to the arbitrary deprivation of property.

The EU also points out that it continues to expect Russia to stop all violations of international law in the Crimean peninsula. The EU is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, the EEAS also says.

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