EU issues statement concerning events in Crimea
The European Union states there has been no independent confirmation of the claims made by the Russian authorities regarding Ukraine's involvement in the events in Crimea, an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reported referring to a statement of Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for the European External Action Service.
"We have heard the claims by the Russian authorities about the alleged events in Armyansk (Crimea) as well as the statements of the Ukrainian authorities denying any involvement in any such alleged events and condemning in the strongest terms such allegations. It is also important to note that there has been no independent confirmation of the claims made by the Russian authorities," Kocijancic stated.
In this context, she has noted that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine does not have access to the peninsula.
"The EU calls for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, including in eastern Ukraine, where all parties – including Russia – must fully engage in the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements," Kocijancic said.
Kocijancic stressed the EU reiterates its condemnation and non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation.
The European Union continues to be unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, according to Kocijancic.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on August 10, the Russian Federal Security Service declared it had prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea, which were reportedly organized by "officers of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would not ignore incidents in which two soldiers had been killed while preventing an alleged Ukrainian terror plot targeting the Crimean peninsula.
In turn, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russia's accusations of terrorism against Ukraine were fantasy and served merely as a pretext for more military threats against the country.