Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes that the key threat to the country today is the militarization of Crimea by Russia. First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova stated this in an interview with Radio Liberty.
“Our rhetoric for six years has been mainly in the human rights dimension. This is one of the directions. But it seems to me that the security track is very underestimated, insufficiently spelled out, under-articulated. The militarization of Crimea is clearly the key threat today,” Dzhaparova said.
According to her, Russia's actions in Crimea, including infrastructure development and attempts to control the situation in the Black Sea, have one goal - a military one. All forces that train in Crimea are then transferred, according to geography, including to the Mediterranean region.
The Deputy Minister noted that the Ukrainian side emphasizes in negotiations with partners on the need to create a platform for operational monitoring of Russia's actions in the Black Sea.
Dzhaparova also added that Ukraine seeks to use the platform of the Turkic Union as another platform for the fight for the de-occupation of Crimea.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the international platform on the de-occupation of Crimea would be without representatives of Russia.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced on February 20, 2014, the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 7, 2015, ex-President Petro Poroshenko signed the corresponding law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries have introduced a number of economic sanctions. The Russian Federation denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it "the restoration of historical justice."