On September 16, European Parliament adopted the Recommendation 2021/2042(INI) on the direction of EU-Russia political relations. In this act Europarliament pointed that the European Union must continue to uphold the Eastern Partnership countries’ independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within their internationally recognised borders and condemn Russia’s direct and indirect involvement in armed conflicts and military build-ups inside the borders of or on its borders with this region, its illegal occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimea and the de facto occupation of certain parts of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and the human rights and international law violations it carries out in territories it has occupied, as demonstrated by the recent detentions of the first deputy chair of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Nariman Celal, and four other Crimean Tatar leaders: Aziz and Asan Akhtemov, Shevket Useinov and Eldar Odamanov.

Resolution points that the European Union should make it clear that a return to ‘business as usual’ cannot be envisaged until Russia halts its aggressive policy and hybrid warfare against the European Union, its Member States and the Eastern Partnership countries, and the territorial integrity of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine is restored within their internationally recognised borders. Europarliament points that the European Union should therefore ensure that sanctions remain in place until Russia fulfils the respective conditions for their lifting and should also consider extending them for a period of 1 year, instead of 6 months as is currently the case.

Recommendation points that the European Union should further contribute to the development of the consultation and coordination format of the international Crimea Platform, with the aim of peacefully ending the Russian Federation’s temporary occupation of the AR of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and of restoring Ukraine’s control over the territory, with full respect for international law.

Also Recommendation proclaims that the European Union must recognise the European aspirations of its neighbouring countries and reject Russia’s policy of spheres of influence; in addition, the Union should acknowledge that it bears a strategic responsibility for stability and development in its neighbourhood, especially in the Eastern Partnership region, and should keep demanding that Russia implements its international obligations, particularly under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Document points that the European Union should continue its involvement and should also broaden the scope of its sanctions to cover ‘passportisation’ and the organisation of illegal elections in the Crimea. European Parliament stresses that the EU should coordinate these measures with the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and other partners in order to expand their scope or increase their effectiveness.