It’s time to develop an international mechanism for the return of the Crimea – the Ukrainian Ambassador

The time has come for the development of international negotiating mechanism for the de-occupation of Ukrainian Crimea. About this in his article on the occasion of the third anniversary of the occupation of the Crimea in the Brussels edition Euobserver wrote Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU Nikolay Tochitskii, reports “European true”.

“The time has come to develop and launch an international negotiation mechanism for the de-occupation of Crimea in order to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty over the Peninsula”, – he wrote.

The Ambassador stressed that Russia should cancel all unlawful decisions, which lead to the occupation of the Crimea.

In addition, according to Tochicago, the EU should be ready to step up diplomatic and political pressure on Russia, including by strengthening the policy of sanctions, to show that he “will not stand by and indulge a further grave human rights violations” in the Crimea.

“We must make every effort to force Russia to immediately release all citizens of Ukraine, who were detained for political reasons in Russia or occupied Crimea” – said the Ambassador.

In addition, he stressed the need to adhere to the resolutions of the UN General Assembly from 2016, “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine)”.

“After three years of occupation and military aggression against Ukraine, the time has come for the international community to find the right political response to the behavior of Russia”, – said the Ambassador.

We will remind, on March 18, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the “accession” of the Crimea to Russia.

Previously, on 16 March 2014, Moscow held at gunpoint in Crimea illegal referendum.

March 27, 2014 adopted resolution of the UN General Assembly “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, which, in particular, underscores that the referendum in the Crimea and Sevastopol has no legal force.