EU receives from Ukraine list of those involved in setting up illegal elections in Crimea
The European Union confirms Brussels has received from Ukraine a list of individuals involved in the organization and holding of Russian presidential elections in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol.
"I can confirm that our services received a list from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine of individuals involved in the organization and holding of Russian presidential elections in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol. In this context, I would like to remind everyone that the European Union does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and, therefore, does not recognize the holding of elections in Crimean peninsula," Maja Kocijancic, the EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, told a press briefing in Brussels on Tuesday.
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"Any decision in the respect of amending the current measures, including by adding additional people on the list, would, of course, be as always a decision for the Council to be taken by unanimity of all member states," she said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 18, Russian presidential elections were held across the country and also in occupied Crimea.
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Ukraine called on the international community not to recognize illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea.
A number of individual countries and the European Union have already confirmed that they will not recognize the election results in the area.