Military aggression against Crimea will constitute an attack against Russia, Mikhail Popov, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, told RIA Novosti in an interview Tuesday.
“Today, Crimea is the territory of Russia and armed aggression against Crimea will be treated as an attack on Russia, with all due consequences,” the official said. “The military force in Crimea, established by the president’s decree, is self-sufficient and capable of repelling a potential invasion of the republic by an aggressor.”
According to Popov, the changed situation around the Russian-Ukrainian border requires a thorough analysis and detailed consideration of all the surrounding circumstances.
However, the main responsibility of the Black Sea Fleet and the military force on the Crimean peninsula remains the same in Popov's words: “To ensure the military security of the state within the boundaries of accountability.”
Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March, following Crimean referendum March 16.
The West and Kyiv refuse to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.