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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian Conservatives suggest sanctions against Crimean administration

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

BNS  The opposition Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (Conservatives) on Friday urged the Minister of Foreign Affairs to introduce sanctions against the administration of the Russian-controlled Ukrainian region of Crimea, which announced accession to Russia.

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 The opposition Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (Conservatives) on Friday urged the Minister of Foreign Affairs to introduce sanctions against the administration of the Russian-controlled Ukrainian region of Crimea, which announced accession to Russia.

The Conservatives’ leader ex-PM Andrius Kubilius says that “the actions of the Crimean parliament’s so-called leader, Vladimir Konstantinov, and the unlawfully-appointed head of the government Sergey Aksyonov” jeopardise “not only the security of the people of Crimea but also the peace and security of the whole European continent.”

In Kubilius’ words, the local Crimean administration destroys legitimate Ukrainian institutions and aims to undermine the Ukrainian territorial integrity.

The Conservatives suggest that heads of the Crimean parliament and the government should be banned from coming to Lithuania, a sanction that was earlier this week taken against another 18 officials of Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Lithuania and other Western democracies say that the Crimean parliament’s statement on accession to Russia violates the Ukrainian Constitution and international law.

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