Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

MFA: Minister Soini: Finland condemns illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia


Sunday 18 March will mark the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russian Federation. Finland condemns the illegal annexation by Russia, which is against the international law.

“Finland’s support to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty stands firm. We condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and continue the non-recognition policy of the annexation”, Foreign Minister Timo Soini notes.

Furthermore, Minister Soini expresses his concerns regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea.

“There are worrying reports that the human rights situation in Crimea is worsening. I urge Russia to investigate all violations, bring the perpetrators to justice and give international organisations unhindered access to the area.”

Minister Soini notes also the ongoing militarization of the peninsula with grave concern. The military build-up in Crimea will make the already difficult security situation even worse.

Finland fully aligns itself with the joint EU statement issued by High Representative Federica Mogherini on March 16.

Inquiries: Inquiries: Riikka Taivassalo, Special Adviser to Minister Soini, tel. +358 46 923 4581

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi


About Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet
Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet
Kanavakatu 3 C, PL 481
00023 Valtioneuvosto

0295 350 000http://um.fi

Subscribe to releases from Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.

Visit our pressroom