Crimea crisis: Russia threatened to use force against Ukraine - Foreign Ministry

19:37 Nov. 30, 2016

Russia threatened to use force against Ukraine - Foreign Ministry

Ukrainian missile system during the firing exercises (UNIAN photo)

Ukraine did receive threats from Russia over the upcoming exercises near occupied Crimea

Russia actually threatened to conduct a strike against Ukraine in the case the upcoming missile firing exercises are held, the Ukraine's Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Mariana Betza confirmed to the Ukrainska Pravda news outlet.

Read also Ukrainian missile tests near Crimea – details and map revealed

"There were several notes and letters from Russia's foreign and defence ministries noting that the planned drills were violating Russia's sovereignty and international law. The readiness to respond to our exercises was also spoken about," she told the news agency. 

She also confirmed that those documents actually contained Russia's threats of using force against Ukraine.

Ukraine's foreign ministry has already prepared a diplomatic note for Russia to be sent off in the next few hours, the official claimed. 

Read also Russian air defence on heavy security regime in Crimea

Our position is that the sovereign territory of Ukraine and all missile firing exercises are held in total accordance with Ukrainian and international law. In particular, they are being held in accordance with the Articles 1 and 2 fo the 1944 Chicago convention on the international civil aviation, within Ukraine's sovereign terrestrial and maritime territory and its airspace. 

Read also Russia shouts 'provocation'

Amid Russia's threats to use force against Ukraine's legitimate activities, Kyiv will address the global community.

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