The Foreign Ministry's statement on the 7th anniversary of the occupation of Crimea
On 26 February, marking the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We strongly condemn the Russian military aggression against Ukraine that started seven years ago and still continues, and the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol in gross violation of international law.
Today, bearing in mind the provisions of the United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/262, we urge the Russian Federation to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We call on Russia to stop systematically violating human rights and suppressing fundamental freedoms in the illegally annexed Crimea, as well as to end the repression of human rights defenders, journalists, civil society members, especially the Crimean Tatars, and to lift the ban on the activities of the Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars. We call for the release of all unlawfully imprisoned Ukrainian citizens. We also call on the Russian Federation to end the militarisation of the Crimean Peninsula and to ensure unhindered and free passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait to and from the Azov Sea.
We will continue to consistently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, and will seek to keep the EU and other international sanctions against the Russian Federation in place until Russia withdraws its military forces and ends the illegal occupation of a part of the territory of Ukraine.
In the light of ongoing Russian escalation and build-up of military forces around Ukraine borders, we, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine,
Taking into consideration our close bonds of friendship, partnership and cooperation which have been developing between our States,
Wishing to provide stability and security in the Euro-Atlantic space,
Realizing the threats posed by the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation for the entire European continent:
Have stated the following:
On 2 February, on the initiative of Lithuania, the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states sent letters to the heads of the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), condemning the use of violence against peaceful protesters by Russian authorities and calling on the international community to take immediate action to stop mass detentions of protestors and journalists across Russia.
December 17, 2020
I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Moscow Mechanism invoking participating States: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine recognize the multi-centennial historical and cultural links between their nations.
On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and discussed bilateral cooperation, the reform process in Ukraine, and the Eastern Partnership policy.
On June 18 a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania to express profound concern about the recent legislative initiative of State Duma deputy A. Zhuravlev to revoke USSR Supreme Council Resolution of 24 December 1989 condemning of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocols, which divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influences and paved the way to invading Poland in 1939 and led to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.