Crimea Crisis: Sides must avoid further escalation of conflict – Mogherini on situation in Crimea

17:38 Aug. 13, 2016

Sides must avoid further escalation of conflict – Mogherini on situation in Crimea

European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini speaks during a media conference at the EU Council building in Brussels, Belgium,  July 18, 2016 (AP photo)

EU Foreign Policy chief discussed recent events with Ukraine's FM Klimkin

"Any actions that could lead to a further escalation of the conflict must be avoided by all sides," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement after she discussed the escalation in tensions between Ukraine and the Russian Federation with Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

"A peaceful resolution of the conflict is the only possible solution. This includes eastern Ukraine, where we urge all parties to fully engage in the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements," she added.

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Mogherini reiterated that EU position on Crimea remains unchanged.

"The European Union condemns and does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. We continue to be unwavering in our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."

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The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs stressed that EU and its member states will continuously assess the situation, including at the level of the Political and Security Committee next Wednesday.

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