Will not use military means on Crimea issue, says Yelchenko, permanent representative of Ukraine to UN
Russia's accusation of Ukraine plotting terror attacks in Crimea was "absolutely ridiculous", said permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko at the UN Headquarters on Wednesday.
"Today President Putin has made a statement in which he accused Ukraine of making provocations along the border with Crimea and turning to terror instead of seeking the peaceful solutions to the conflict, which sounds absolutely ridiculous," said Yelchenko.
Ukraine condemns any form of terrorism, and will not resort to military means on the issue of Crimea, Yelchenko stressed.
"As you will know, first to the act was the minister of defense of Ukraine, which very clearly stated that there was absolutely no military activity along the border with Crimea and that Ukraine never sought to solve any issues with Russia by military means. Instead, this was called as a fake provocation by the Russian Federation," he said.
Ukraine may submit the issue of east Ukraine for discussion at the United Nations Security Council based on the development of the situation, Yelchenko added.
"We still hope that it will not bring the conflict to another level. But it seems that it is quite possible, unfortunately," he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would take additional measures to ensure safety in Crimea after it has succeeded in preventing a series of terrorist attacks on the peninsula. He accused the Kiev authorities of turning to "terror" instead of solving problems through negotiations while calling for attention from Western countries.
Earlier in the day, the Russian Federal Security Bureau (FSB) said that Russia has prevented a series of terrorist attacks in Crimea planned by the Ukraine military intelligence service.
An Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a group of Russian and Ukrainian citizens who were suspected to be Ukrainian military intelligence agents and assisted in preparing for terrorist acts were detained and interrogated, the FSB said in a statement.
The claims made by the FSB were immediately rejected by the Ukrainian side.
The autonomous republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol were absorbed into Russia in March 2014 following a referendum, which was recognized by Moscow but rejected by Kiev.