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EU Promises To Back Ukraine Amid Mounting Tensions With Russia

EU Promises To Back Ukraine Amid Mounting Tensions With Russia

Amid growing tensions between Kiev and Moscow over the Crimean Peninsula, the European Union has promised its continued support for Ukraine.

Federica Mogherini, EU’s foreign policy chief, reiterated the bloc’s “unwavering” support for Ukraine’s sovereignty while calling on the country and its neighbour Russia to avert further escalation of tensions.

Press TV reports:

Mogherini said she had discussed the latest tensions between Kiev and Moscow in a telephone call with her Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin as the Western-backed Ukrainian government accused Russia of fueling unrest in the east of the country and around Crimea, which joined Russia in 2014 following a referendum.

“The European Union condemns and does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea … We continue to be unwavering in our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” EU’s top diplomat said in a statement.