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Press Releases, 3/16/2018

Minister Soini: Finland condemns illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia

Sunday 18 March will mark the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russian Federation. Finland condemns the illegal annexation by Russia, which is against the international law.

“Finland’s support to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty stands firm. We condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and continue the non-recognition policy of the annexation”, Foreign Minister Timo Soini notes.

Furthermore, Minister Soini expresses his concerns regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea.

“There are worrying reports that the human rights situation in Crimea is worsening. I urge Russia to investigate all violations, bring the perpetrators to justice and give international organisations unhindered access to the area.”

Minister Soini notes also the ongoing militarization of the peninsula with grave concern. The military build-up in Crimea will make the already difficult security situation even worse.

Finland fully aligns itself with the joint EU statement issued by High Representative Federica Mogherini on March 16.

Inquiries: Inquiries: Riikka Taivassalo, Special Adviser to Minister Soini, tel. +358 46 923 4581

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