Foreign Ministry’s statement on the 4th anniversary of the occupation of Crimea
On the 4th anniversary of the illegal occupation of Crimea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania condemns the Russian Federation’s military aggression against Ukraine that began four years ago in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and is currently continuing in eastern Ukraine. This has been a serious violation of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act, and also the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
Such actions have not only undermined bilateral and multilateral agreements on ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but also pose a threat to security and stability in entire Europe. In response to this, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution 68/262 on 27 March 2014. The resolution affirmed the General Assembly’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, condemned Russia’s actions that were in violation of international law, backed Ukraine’s territorial integrity and declared the Crimean ‘referendum’ invalid.
Lithuania strongly supports the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, consistently pursues the non-recognition policy of illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, condemns systemic constraints on fundamental human rights by the Russian occupation regime, breaches of the freedoms of the media, peaceful assembly, religion and belief, as well as the persecution of Crimean Tatars. We will continue to strive to maintain the EU and other international sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to the illegal occupation of the peninsula until Russia withdraws from the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine.