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Russia urges U.S. to stay away from Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia also accused the U.S. that it supposedly holds a provocation sending its vessels to the Black Sea
14:30, 13 April 2021

Sergey Ryabkov
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The entrance of the U.S. vessels in the Black Sea is a provocation and they should stay away from Crimea. Reuters reported that, citing Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov.

“We warn the United States that it will be better for them to stay far away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast. It will be for their own good,” Ryabkov stated.

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He also accused the U.S. that it supposedly holds a provocation sending its vessels to the Black Sea.

“There is absolutely nothing for American ships to be doing near our shores, this is purely a provocative action. Provocative in the direct sense of the word: they are testing our strength, playing on our nerves. They will not succeed,” Ryabkov said.

Earlier, Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak asked to deploy the American surface-to-air missile system MIM-104 Patriot in Ukraine.

Related: EU calls on Russia to refrain from steps leading to further escalation in Donbas

On April 1, the Chief Intelligence Department of Ukraine's Defense Ministry stated that the Russian Federation is ready for large-scale provocations against Ukraine; that, in particular, includes an option of invasion into the country's territory.

On April 8, Volodymyr Zelensky was on a working trip to Donbas. The visit of the president took place within the escalation of the conflict in the east.

Related: Biden must do more to deter Russia and help bring Donbas conflict to an end, - Zelensky

Later, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is ready for a Russian invasion.

Meanwhile, Head of the Administration of the President of Russia Dmitry Kozak accused Ukraine of imitating the military threat in Donbas. Kozak also believes that the partners in the Normandy format are delaying the negotiation process.

 

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