Sweden continues to condemn Russian aggression and defend Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity under international law, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said on Monday.
According to a written statement on the Swedish Foreign Ministry's website, Wallstrom noted that this is the third year of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
"We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating living conditions of the Crimean Tatars and the violations of human rights in the region," Wallstrom said, and added that "We stand behind the EU's non-recognition policy and call on all UN members to conduct a similar policy on Ukraine's territorial integrity."
Ukraine has been wracked by conflict since March 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea after an illegal independence vote. This followed violent anti-government protests that led to the overthrow of then-President Victor Yanukovich.
The UN General Assembly voted to proclaim the Russian annexation illegal. Along with many UN countries, the U.S., the EU, and Turkey also do not recognize Crimea as Russian territory.
By Murat Temizer