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RIGA, May 22. /TASS/. Only EU member-states have endorsed the "Crimea annexation" term at the Riga summit of the Eastern Partnership, a joint initiative of the EU and its Eastern European partners - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
"The EU reaffirms its positions taken in the Joint Statement made at the EU-Ukraine Summit on 27 April, including on the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol," the declaration reads.
The parties of the summit, including the Eastern Partnership countries, have reaffirmed their positions in relation to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
During the vote in the UN General Assembly on this resolution, Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan abstained.
Crimea rejoined Russia after a referendum held on March 16, 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals March 18, 2014.
Despite Moscow’s repeated statements that the Crimean referendum on secession from Ukraine was in line with the international law and the UN Charter and in conformity with the precedent set by Kosovo’s secession from Serbia in 2008, the West and Kiev have refused to recognize Crimea’s reunification with Russia.