MOSCOW, Russian Federation – Russia has been made aware that countries such as the United States are actively working at the present moment to stage further attacks and provocations to bring international attention and force a reaction from Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the preparation by Kiev of a provocation in Crimea by the end of the year, while denying the possibility of a conflict between his country and Ukraine, although he said that Moscow will respond forcefully, in the event that provocative actions are carried out, he promised.
“It is our border and in no way allow Petro Poroshenko to try, as he claims, to defend their interests and thus violate the rights of the Crimeans, obtained in accordance with international law”, he said. In March 2014, the overwhelming majority of the population of Crimea and the special area of Sevastopol spoke in favor of leaving Ukraine and the subsequent return to Russian jurisdiction.
“We have information that the Ukrainian leader is discussing with the nations that protect and stimulate his government, how to carry out the provocation”, said the Russian head of Foreign Affairs to the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.
“They advise him to maintain a low intensity conflict to accuse Russia of an alleged aggression and thereby justify from the West the unilateral application of sanctions”, said the Russian diplomat, who reiterated that a war against Ukraine would be avoided and said that the recognition now by his country of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, in the Donbass, would be a demonstration of a nervous breakdown or weakness.
Referendums of independence were held in both regions in May 2014, a month after the government came to power for a coup d’état in February of that year and launched an operation against the population of Donbass, at the cost of 10,000 lives, in mostly civilians.
The Russian Federation’s Duma recognized the Crimean referendum, while not moving towards the same regarding the DPR and LPR.