facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

European Parliament condemns Russia 'aggression' in Crimea

March 13, 2014 at 9:44 AM   |   Comments

STRASBOURG, France, March 13 (UPI) -- Russian action in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine is a violation of international law and must be reversed, members of the European Parliament said Thursday.

Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Russia's "act of aggression in invading Crimea." The resolution said the Crimean referendum on accession to Russia is illegal and the Kremlin's policies in the region are a direct threat to the security of the European Union.

The resolution reminds Russia that Crimea is obliged under Ukraine's constitution to hold referendums only on local matters and is prohibited from taking action that would modify national boundaries.

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a Kremlin ally, was forced to flee the country following demonstrations after his November decision to move away from the EU in order to protect economic ties with Russia.

A post-Yanukovych Ukraine is now moving closer to signing formal association agreements with the EU. Ukraine is a former Soviet republic.

Russian Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Likhachev said Thursday any sanctions imposed on Moscow for its policies on Ukraine would be met with equal diplomatic force, the state-supported Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

"Our sanctions will be, of course, symmetrical," he was quoted as saying.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

London committed to Myanmar development
Iran says it's not an EU colony
Most Popular
1
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
2
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
3
Construction on Russian gas line to China slated for September
4
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
5
Brady Morton still missing after booze-soaked rafting trip
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback