Russian accusations against Ukraine concerning the preparation of terrorist attacks in the Crimea have returned the Crimean issue back on the agenda of the international community, Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People Mustafa Dzhemilev wrote on Facebook.
- The political week begins with the issue of the occupied Crimea. Russia’s recent senseless and cynical accusations against Ukraine have returned the Crimean issue back on the agenda of the international community, Dzhemilev wrote.
According to him, today the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is due to hold phone talks with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the deterioration of the situation in the occupied Crimea.
Today the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov is also to meet with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in order to discuss the accords on "the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis."
Germany called on Ukraine and the Russian Federation to refrain from further escalation of the situation following provocations in Crimea.
Earlier, the FSB spread a statement saying it prevented the terrorist acts in the Crimea, allegedly prepared by the Head Intelligence Office of the Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. In particular, the Russian security services said they disclosed in the city of Armyansk a group of saboteurs who killed a Russian FSB officer when being detained. In addition, the FSB announced the "liquidation of the Ukrainian intelligence network".
The fake statements also say the "subversive and terrorist groups tried to break" in the peninsula.
The Intelligence Directorate with the Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said charges of the Russia's FSB are fake. The Russian security services say the "sabotage" in the annexed Crimea was arranged by a former Ukrainian military Vladimir Serdyuk.
In the official statement President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia’s accusations are senseless and cynical. The Head of State stressed that Ukraine seeks to restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty, including the de-occupation of the Crimea, solely by politico-diplomatic means.