US, EU extend sanctions against Russia for Ukraine action
EU extends sanctions against Russia for the annexation of Crimea&# 160;
The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea arrested 65 aircraft in absentia for violating the procedure for entering and leaving the occupied peninsula&# 160;
KYIV – The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU has agreed on a decision of the Council of the European Union, which will allow to extend for six months individual sanctions against individuals and legal entities responsible for actions that undermine the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. This was reported on September 9 on the page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
“We welcome the agreement of the European partners to extend the sanctions against 175 individuals and 44 legal entities for another six months for Russia’s actions against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Every violation of international law by Russia in Crimea should be punished with sanctions, ”said the Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova.
She expressed hope for the expansion of EU sanctions with the aim of introducing restrictions against Russia for the construction of the Kerch Bridge.
Brussels correspondent of Radio Liberty Rikard Jozwiak on Twitter on September 9 noted that fifteen individuals and several organizations for the construction of the Crimean Bridge will soon be added to this list..
Aircraft arrest, water discussion
At the request of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 65 aircraft were arrested – violating the procedure for entering and leaving the occupied peninsula.
Criminal cases are being investigated on the facts of violations by officials of foreign airlines of the rules of international flights and violations of the procedure for entering and leaving the temporarily occupied territory, the website of the Prosecutor’s Office of the ARC reports..
National leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev believes that it is necessary to discuss the issue of resuming the supply of Dnieper water for Crimea only when the Russian authorities recognize that the annexed peninsula is Ukrainian territory. This is reported by the site Krym.Realii, citing September 9 interview of Mustafa Dzhemilev to the “Observer”.
“Russia should officially apply, say – yes, this is the territory of Ukraine, let’s discuss the issue of the supply of water, electricity, food before bringing the status of Crimea in line with international standards,” said Dzhemilev.
He pointed out that it is necessary to immediately create a platform for negotiations on the return of Crimea to Ukraine, that is, on the implementation of the norms of international law. At the same time, Dzhemilev is sure that under this condition the Kremlin will not even negotiate on this issue, which was proved by the situation with the power supply of Crimea..
The Crimea.Realii website reports that since September 7, in Simferopol, Bakhchisarai and Simferopol districts, due to drought and shallowing of reservoirs, the third, most severe stage of water supply restrictions has been introduced..
About water – the position is unchanged
Tamila Tasheva, coordinator of the KrymSOS public organization, notes that the official position of Ukraine on the supply of water to the peninsula remains unchanged..
“No water supply until the complete de-occupation of Crimea. Under international law, Russia is responsible for the territory it occupied and the civilian population that lives there. Russia itself must provide the population with water and all other resources. According to our analytical service, there are enough water resources for the civilian population, “Tamila Tasheva says to the Voice of America Russian Service correspondent..
She notes that Russia is spending the water resources of the occupied territory to support military bases and other infrastructure..
“If the water is used correctly for the civilian population, and if Russia did not populate the peninsula and colonize its territory with its own people, then this water, which is available in Crimea, is quite enough for the Ukrainian civilian population,” Tamila Tasheva notes..
Responsibility, sanctions and environmental disaster
The process of extending the European “Crimean sanctions” leaves the topic of the occupation of the peninsula on the political agenda of the world powers, said a political expert of the analytical center “House of Democracy” Anatoly Oktisyuk.
“This is a mechanism of condemnation and payment for violation of international law. Together, this creates problems for Russia in the international arena, in business and the economy, “Anatoly Oktisyuk says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
Russia’s refusal to discuss the occupation of Crimea, he said, should receive a “very tough” reaction from Ukraine.
“If Russia said yes, there was one situation in 2014, today it is different and we can discuss it at the negotiating table, there could also be discussions on our part. But while this is not the case, Kiev should abandon any discussion, for example, about the supply of water to Crimea. In addition to a humanitarian catastrophe, Russia is provoking the destruction of the ecology of the peninsula, and for this it will also have to be held responsible, ”Anatoly Oktisyuk believes..
He emphasizes that it is impossible to let the water from Ukraine to Crimea pass “neither technically, nor for political reasons.”.
“Crimean issue” on the international agenda
Political scientist Alexey Yakubin believes that the “Crimean issue” should be resolved in a humanitarian, not politicized way.
“Let’s take the Donbass factor. There, too, there is a problem of water and it is no secret that it is being solved. A system of intermediaries has been created, with the help of international organizations, Ukraine receives money for the operation of the water system in the uncontrolled territories. The UN has separate water infrastructure projects in the Donbass, both in the controlled and non-controlled territories of Ukraine. The question is – what prevents something like this from doing with Crimea? ” – says Alexey Yakubin to the correspondent of the Russian service of “Voice of America”.
He emphasizes that the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly declared their desire to create a separate negotiating format on Crimea..
“According to preliminary information, during his online speech at the UN General Assembly, the President of Ukraine will also talk about Donbass and Crimea. It is hoped that President Zelenskiy will publicize the government’s strategy for Crimea. In general, we can see that the approach that was previously used on this issue was largely repulsive to Crimea. Water is a resource that is associated with the life of people, it is a problem of the occupied peninsula, it is an open question – whether it affects industrial enterprises or only the civil sphere, ”notes Alexey Yakubin.