The European Union on 18 March, the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, urged States in the UN to impose sanctions against Moscow. In 2014, the UN recognized the illegal referendum on the joining of Crimea into the Russian Federation.
EU high representative Federica Mogherini called on States of the UN to support «restrictive measures» against Russia in the framework of the expression of non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
In addition, the EU has demanded from Russia to release Ukrainian film Director Oleg Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were convicted of preparing terrorist acts in Crimea and sentenced to 20 and 10 years in prison, respectively.
The EU also noted that in the Crimea are constantly violated basic civil liberties such as freedom of Assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and other human rights. The EU expressed particular concern about the initiative the announcement of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar extremist organization.
Meanwhile, the first Deputy head of the LDPR faction in the state Duma Alexei Didenko has proposed to do on March 18, the day of accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation, holiday, reports NEWSru.com.