17:55 Aug. 14, 2016
FM Brende reiterates Russia violated international law when annexing peninsula
Norway supports the international community in recognising Crimea as part of Ukraine, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said on August 13, according to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry. The statement comes in response to Moscow's allegations about Kyiv's plans to conduct terrorist acts in Crimea.
"Norway expresses solidarity with the rest of the world community as to Crimea's international law status. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Its annexation by Russia is a violation of international law. Russia holds respopnsibility for avoiding further escalation of the situation," Brende said as quoted by Ukraine's foreign ministry.
Norway's foreign minister also expressed concern over rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine and called for the sides to refrain from statements or acts that could lead to further aggravation of the situation.
Earlier German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he expected Ukraine and Russia to refrain from any steps that could lead to further deterioration of the situation in Crimea.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russian escalated earlier this week 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.