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Russia: Crimea

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2683, tabled on 17 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Russia's activities in the Crimean Peninsula.

Answered on

30 March 2020

On 18 March the Foreign Secretary made a statement condemning the illegal annexation of Crimea and called on Russia to release the 90 political prisoners held in Crimea and Russia, and end its unlawful control of the peninsula.

The Russian illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 was a flagrant violation of a number of Russia's international commitments, including under the UN Charter, the OSCE Helsinki Final Act and the Budapest memorandum. The UK's position is clear - we will never recognise Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Russia must fully respect Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity. The ongoing militarisation of the peninsula, together with restrictions imposed by Russia on international shipping passing through the Kerch Strait, presents a serious security threat to the Black Sea region. We are also deeply concerned about the ongoing human rights violations experienced by ethnic and religious minorities in Crimea. What Russia has done and continues to do in Crimea breaches its obligations under international law and presents a serious challenge to the international rules-based order.