NATO does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia and condemns the Russian military activities in the occupied peninsula, Tizhden.ua reports quoting a representative of NATO as saying in Brussels on July 28.
“NATO condemns the continuing large-scale Russian military build-up in Crimea,” he said, recalling the provisions of the NATO Warsaw Summit Communiqué of July 9, 2016.
The Alliance claimed that the situation on the peninsula is deteriorating, in particular, with regard to the Crimean Tatars.
“Russia is also fully responsible for the serious deterioration of the situation of human rights in the Crimean peninsula. In particular, this refers to discrimination against the Crimean Tatars and other local communities,” a NATO source said.
In addition, he noted that "the allies cannot and will not recognize the continuing illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and urged Russia to cancel it."
It was reported earlier, the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed deployment of a self-contained group of Russian troops in the occupied Crimea.
Shoigu said that his department is currently working to increase the “Crimea’s combat potential," as well as to improve the system of logistics and training facilities in Crimea.