EU External Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217644, on Ukraine, what criteria were used to establish EU policy objectives on non-recognition of the illegal annexation by (a) Russia of Crimea and (b) Israel of East Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

UK policy, aligned with the EU, on Crimea and East Jerusalem is as follows:

a) The EU does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea is a flagrant violation of a number of Russia’s international commitments. That is why Russia has been isolated in the Security Council and in the wider international community. b) It has been the position of every British Government since 1948 that the Occupied Palestinian Territories (East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza), were not lawfully part of the state of Israel at its creation or at any point thereafter. In 2009, EU Council Conclusions stated that the EU “will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties”. It also recalled that “it has never recognised the annexation of East Jerusalem”.

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