Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman called the statements of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about possible provocations held by Ukraine as an attempt to justify the Russian aggression. He made such statement during the joint briefing with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on December 17, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“How to comment on the words of Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. My first reaction to your question is that he came up with it, then, he stood out and made it sound. Thirdly, what he is lacking, - he needs to implement his absolutely inadequate plan,” Groysman said.
“I think that it is another attempt of the Russian Federation to justify its savagery and undisguised armed aggression,” he noted, reminding that Ukraine has never created any provocations.
Groysman has also urged Lavrov to do everything possible for the release of the Ukrainian sailors captured in Kerch Strait.
“I think that his contribution to the peace and diplomacy will be very significant and respected in the world,” Ukrainian Prime Minister emphasized.
Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Ukraine’s authority allegedly intended to commit an armed provocation on the border with annexed Crimea in late December. At the same time, Lavrov stressed that Russia was ready to give a determined response in case of “Ukraine’s provocation” on the border with Crimea.
He also added that Russia would not fight with Ukraine.
President Poroshenko said that Russian troops still might invade Ukraine. But if Russia does not do it, martial law will not be prolonged.
As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.
On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine.