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Militarization of Crimea may have far-reaching consequences, - Ukraine's envoy in UN

Volodymyr Yelchenko reminded the UN of the ongoing military aggression in the Sea of Azov, which also threatens the regional security
13:28, 10 October 2018

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Russia's build-up of military force in occupied Crimea and the use of peninsula as a base for combat operations in Syria and other parts of the region might have far-reaching consequences for South Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Ukrinform news agency reported that quoting Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine's permanent envoy in the UN.

'The occupation and the subsequent militarization of Crimea has far-reaching consequences for the security not only in the Black Sea region but also entire South Europe, as well as North Africa and the Middle East. The current events in Syria are a convincing proof this,' he said.

The official also turned the UN attention to the latest developments in the Sea of Azov, as Russia's actions there 'threatens the stability' in the region. He reiterated that Russia has been meddling with the navigation in the Sea of Azov, building up forces and creating environmental issues. 

'Taking into account the current unstable situation in the security area, Ukraine intends to provide the UN General Assembly draft resolution, aiming to prevent Russia from any further militarization of Ukraine's territory and the adjacent regions', Ukraine's permanent envoy in the UN said.

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine also plans to submit the UN General Assembly draft resolution on the militarization of occupied Crimea. The authority claimed there are reasons to suspect Russia either brought nuclear weaponry there or, at least, has the infrastructure for its deployment.

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