The EU statement emphasizes that Crimea is Ukrainian territory.
The press service of the European Union published on Monday a press release on the elections to regional and local authorities held over the weekend in Crimea.
“On September 13, regional and local elections were held in the Russian Federation. In Sevastopol, the election of the Governor was also held, – the document says. – The European Union has not recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and, consequently, does not recognize the holding of elections on the Crimean Peninsula. Any persons elected [as a result of] a Russian-organized vote on the Crimean Peninsula and claiming to “represent” Crimea and Sevastopol will not be recognized by the European Union as representatives of these territories that are part of Ukraine. The European Union remains unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”
Recall that in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea. The international community condemned this action by Moscow.
As stated by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “the United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and promises to continue this policy until Russia returns full control of all Ukrainian territory to Ukraine.”