16:00 Aug. 16, 2016
European Commission spokesperson says all sides must avoid actions leading to escalation
The EU will discuss the escalation in the bilateral relations of Russia and Ukraine over the conflict on the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine.
According to a UNIAN correspondent, European Commission Spokesperson for International Cooperation Alexandre Polack has said the discussion will take place within the Political and Security Committee on August 17.
"The European Union and its member states are constantly assessing the situation, including on the level of the Politics and Security Committee," Polack said.
The European Commission spokesman also quoted the Friday statement by Federica Mogherini, EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, saying "any actions that could lead to a further escalation of the conflict must be avoided by all sides."
"A peaceful resolution of the conflict is the only possible solution," the statement read further. "This includes eastern Ukraine, where we urge all parties to fully engage in the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements."
Tensions between Ukraine and Russian escalated when Moscow accused Kyiv of trying to send saboteurs into Crimea and reported the deaths of a soldier and an FSB officer, who foiled the alleged plot.
Denying the accusations, Ukraine put its troops on combat alert along its administrative border with Crimea, fearing another Russian provocation.
Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 in a move not recognized and widely condemned by the US and the majority of Western countries.