13:49 Nov. 30, 2016
Russia can even conduct a missile strike, the sources say
Russia considers Ukrainian missile exercises near Crimean border a provocation aimed to escalate the conflict between the two countries, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the press.
"Concerning the so-called missile firing exercises, I would say that this is surely a regular big-scale provocation by the Ukrainian authorities. It was meant to escalate the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv constantly heats this topic up, keeps it on top," she announced.
Ukraine provokes Russia for its 'tough response'. Maria Zakharova also added.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's defence ministry claimed that Russia may conduct a missile strike upon Ukrainian territory unless it abstains from December 1-2 drills near the border with Russian-occupied Crimea .
Ukraine's military attache was addressing a Russian diplomatic note on the upcoming missile exercises, the deputy minister of defence Olexander Dublian told the media on Wednesday.
He also stressed that Ukraine's exercises are planned and held in full accordance with international law. Dublian refused to answer, whether Ukraine would cancel the drills amid Russia's threats.
Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, also didn't comment on the alleged possibility of the missile strike against Ukraine.