MOSCOW, February 10 – RIA Novosti. Yuri Shvytkin, deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, said that Ukraine's proposal to use Crimea's airspace for NATO operations will not go unnoticed, while the military potential of the Russian Federation in this area will allow it to repel the aggression of any enemy.
Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladislav Krykliy on Wednesday, during talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning Patrick Turner, proposed using the airspace over Crimea for NATO operations to transport troops, equipment and cargo.
“This once again proves that Ukraine is an American henchman. Of course, such statements will not be ignored. The military potential of Russia, its forces and means in this area are enough to repel the aggression of any enemy, they will break off their teeth,” Shvytkin told RIA Novosti …
On Wednesday, the first deputy head of the international committee of the Federation Council, FSB general Vladimir Dzhabarov commented on Krikliy's proposal, noting that this is how Ukraine seeks to achieve a military conflict between Russia and NATO, but the North Atlantic alliance will not agree.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal, following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, said that Kiev is working to expand cooperation with NATO in the Black Sea region, in 2021 it is planned to conduct a number of joint exercises with the Alliance countries, including the exercises “Indestructible ” in Odessa.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014 amended two laws, abandoning the non-aligned status of the state. In June 2016, additional amendments were adopted, which define the entry into NATO as the country's foreign policy goal. In February 2019, the Ukrainian parliament adopted amendments to the constitution, securing the country's course towards the EU and NATO. Ukraine has become the sixth state to receive NATO Enhanced Partner status. Previously, Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden received this status. Enhanced Opportunities Partner status was introduced to NATO in 2014 to build deeper, more specialized bilateral relations.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum was held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke out in favor of joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum following a coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to the Russian president, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”