Escalation / Destabilization Conflict

Movement of Russian armored vehicles in Crimea fully complies with agreements – Foreign Ministry

Published time: February 28, 2014 13:28   15:29                                                                            

Russian military vessels are anchored at a navy base in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, February 27, 2014 (Reuters)Russian military vessels are anchored at a navy base in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, February 27, 2014 (Reuters)

The movements of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s armored vehicles in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea are in full compliance with Russian-Ukrainian agreements, Moscow has said.

Russia has passed a note regarding the maneuvers to a  minister-counselor at Ukraine’s embassy in Moscow, Ruslan  Nimchinsky, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement  Friday.

On Thursday, the Russian charge d’affaires in Kiev, Andrey  Vorobyev, was summoned to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and  handed two diplomatic notes – one on the latest events in Ukraine  and one asking Russia’s Black Sea fleet units to abstain from  movements outside their deployment sites.

“The Russian Foreign Ministry has passed an reply to the  Ukrainian side on the movement of the Black Sea Fleet armored  vehicles in Crimea, which is caused by the necessity to provide  security for the Black Sea fleet’s naval deployment areas on  Ukrainian territory, which happens in full accordance with basic  Russian-Ukrainian agreements on the Black Sea Fleet,” a  statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website  reads.

Meanwhile, the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s press service dismissed  reports that Russian troops were blocking Belbek airport near the  port of Sevastopol in Crimea.

“No units of the Black Sea Fleet were deployed in the area of  Belbek [airport], nor did they take any part in blocking  it,” a statement from the fleet’s press service reads.

The comment followed reports in some media that the airport was  being patrolled by a group of unidentified armed people. It was  alleged that Russian troops arrived to “prevent the arrival  of some militants,” Interfax news agency reported.

On Friday evening, Crimean self-defense squads raided the  international airport in the republic’s capital, Simferopol,  searching for Ukrainian airborne troops. They found no military  personnel inside, but are still patrolling the grounds of the airport. Airport  security said the squads are helping to ensure safety at the  airport.

  Crimea events result of Ukraine’s internal policies – Moscow

Russia says that the latest developments in Crimea come as a  result of internal political processes in Ukraine.

“The Russian side considers the events on the Autonomous  Republic of Crimea a consequence of recent internal political  processes in Ukraine and, in that context, sees no necessity to  hold urgent bilateral consultations which were proposed by the  Ukrainian side,” the Foreign Ministry said after a meeting  with Ruslan Nimchinsky.

On Friday, Russian diplomats met in Moscow with Nimchinsky, and  handed him a reply. Earlier, Kiev proposed holding urgent  bilateral consultations on the events in Crimea – based on the  Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership signed in  1997.


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