The Foreign Ministry of Russia returned to Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry two notes of protests, which concerned archaeological excavations in Crimea and report about the fight against coronavirus on the Crimean peninsula and in Donbas as Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated.
“This week, the Foreign Ministry of Russia returned to the colleagues in the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine two notes. In the first one, Kyiv expressed the protests due to the archaeological excavations and ground works in Crimea. In the second one, it demanded the report about measures assumed by Russia on the fight against coronavirus in Crimea and Donbas,” Zakharova noted.
The decision to return the first note was explained by the fact that the issue of belonging of Crimea is solved for Russia. The Russian diplomats are sure that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in 2014 ‘voluntary reunited’ with their country. Zakharova warned that all notes of protest concerning Crimea will be returned to the Ukrainian side in the future.
Concerning Donbas, the Russian ministry pointed out the possibility of the Ukrainian authorities to hold the direct dialogue with this region.
“Russia is not the side of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine and does not control the territory of Donbas,” Zakharova added.
Ukraine filed the protest notes to Russia repeatedly due to its actions in Crimea and in Donbas.
As we reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to occupied Crimea on January 9 to watch the Russian army launch rockets, as Radio Liberty informed.
Later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation returned Ukraine its note of protest over Putin's visit to Crimea without consideration.