REUTERS

The European Union has responded to an announcement on plans to open Crimea's representative office in Brussels, saying that it will not recognize the so-called "representation," which may open with the assistance of the Russian Federation.

The EU fully supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the EU Delegation to Ukraine told UNIAN.

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For this reason, the EU's position is clear: it does not recognize and will not recognize the so-called self-named representations of the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula, and it has no willingness to interact in any way with any such entities.

Earlier, the Russian Izvestia edition reported that a "representative office" of Russian-occupied Crimea would be set up in Brussels early in 2019 and a working group had been created for this.

This so-called "representation" had to be included in the register of lobbying groups in EU structures with the aim of "overcoming the sanctions regime."