Joint statement on Crimea by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso

As stated by all 28 EU Heads of State or Government on 6 March 2014, the European Union
considers the holding of the referendum on the future status of the territory of Ukraine as contrary
to the Ukrainian Constitution and international law. The referendum is illegal and illegitimate and
its outcome will not be recognised.
The solution to the crisis in Ukraine must be based on the territorial integrity, sovereignty and
independence of Ukraine, in the framework of the Ukrainian Constitution as well as the strict
adherence to international standards. Only working together through diplomatic processes,
including direct discussions between the Governments of Ukraine and Russia, can we find a
solution to the crisis. The European Union has a special responsibility for peace, stability and
prosperity on the European continent and will continue pursuing these objectives using all available
We reiterate the strong condemnation of the unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and
territorial integrity and call on Russia to withdraw its armed forces to their pre-crisis numbers and
the areas of their permanent stationing, in accordance with relevant agreements.
In advancing these goals, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will evaluate the situation tomorrow in
Brussels and decide on additional measures in line with the declaration of the Heads of State and
Government of the EU of 6 March.


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