The heads of state and government of European Union member countries decided at their meeting in Brussels on Thursday that the EU would not take part in its summit with Russia in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on June 3 because of Moscow's stance on Crimea, Council of Europe President Herman Van Rompuy said.
"We are also cancelling the next EU-Russia Summit and member states will likewise cancel regular bilateral summits," Van Rompuy said at a press conference following the first working session of the European Council on Thursday evening.
He reiterated that "we make clear that failure to settle the crisis peacefully, and any steps by Russia to destabilize Ukraine, will have far-reaching consequences."
"And by that we mean consequences on relations in a broad range of economic areas. We ask the Commission and the member states to prepare possible targeted measures," Van Rompuy said.
"We strongly condemn the unconstitutional referendum in Crimea. We will not recognize the annexation, nor will we recognize it in the future. There is no place for the use of force and coercion to change borders on the European continent in the 21st century," he said.
The Brussels summit also said in its resolution concerning Ukraine that "the European Council and the Member States support the upcoming G7 countries' meeting in The Hague. They also support the suspension of negotiations over Russia's joining the OECD and IEA."
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