(QHA) -

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday suspended the transfer of weapons from Crimea to Ukraine in an effort to prevent Kiev authorities from using them against pro-federalization protesters in southeastern regions of the country, RIA Novosti reports.

“I would like to reiterate that Russia pledged … to restrict the delivery of weaponry to hot spots,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said, adding that southeastern Ukraine falls into that category as pro-federalization protests spread through the region.

“We are concerned that this weaponry could be used against civilians taking part in protests in eastern and southeastern regions of Ukraine,” he said.

To remind, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Monday said that Ukraine has all the evidence to assert that precisely the Kremlin stands behind the current situation in Ukraine's south and east. Ukraine is ready to present these proofs at the quadripartite talks to be held in Geneva on April 17 with participation of Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.