Crimean MPs Call On The West To Explain Military Presence Along Russia’s Borders

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Crimean MPs Call On The West To Explain Military Presence Along Russia's Borders

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On April 12th, Russian member of parliament from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet asked the collective West to explain its military presence at the borders of Russia.

He also said that the movements of Russian forces within Russia’s borders are an entirely internal matter.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries and the High Representative of the EU said that the Russian military is active along the borders with Ukraine and in Crimea and called on Moscow to de-escalate and adhere to OSCE principles.

Sheremet noted that Russia is taking all the necessary measures to protect its population and borders, including constantly conducting various maneuvers, and is doing this against the backdrop of aggressive statements about it from NATO countries and “the Kiev authorities who are running errands for them.”

“Russia is free to move its troops on its territory as it deems appropriate, we are not going to report to anyone and ask permission either. This should not worry Western countries,” he said.

According to the MP, an alarming situation is developing in Europe, the alliance countries are trying to maximize the accumulation of their troops and ships in the states and regions bordering Russia.

“It is time for the Western states to pay attention to the situation in Ukraine and explain their military presence at our borders,” he added.

Earlier, Washington announced the escalation of “Russian aggression” and the movement of troops in Crimea and on the eastern border of Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia gave Washington explanations, but in general the Americans will have to be satisfied with the information they have already received, since these are the internal affairs of the state.

The Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the reality on the line of contact of forces in Donbass is frightening, and the provocations of the Ukrainian military are not isolated. According to him, Russia, not being a party to the conflict, cannot ensure a comprehensive ceasefire in the region, but uses its influence to implement existing agreements.

Separately, after the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, there’s been calls that Ankara has pretense towards Crimea.

Mikhail Sheremet advised the Turkish President to moderate his rhetoric.

“Given Erdogan’s aggressive rhetoric, I think we should think about urging our citizens to refrain from traveling to Turkey, since no one can guarantee their safety there,” he said.

According to him, Erdogan should pay attention to the situation inside his country, and not look at Russian territories. Sheremet recalled that unfriendly steps will not remain unanswered.

“Read history. Russia is too tough for anyone,” the MP said.

The head of the Crimean parliament’s committee on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuri Gempel, criticized Erdogan for announcing his position on Crimea.

Gempel invited Erdogan to visit Crimea.

“Erdogan, if he is a truly wise and courageous politician, can come to Crimea. Crimea is open, Russia seeks to conduct an open dialogue with all states, building good-neighborly relations,” Gempel said.

According to him, the Turkish leader makes “short-sighted and offensive” statements for the Crimeans.

Gempel stressed that Crimea is “an integral part of Russia,” and Turkey should recognize this.

In addition, he suggested that Erdogan draw attention to the national-radical leadership of Ukraine, which, according to Hempel, “grossly tramples on human rights, arranging various blockades of the peninsula.”

The Crimean Platform summit will be held on 23 August. Lithuania, Turkey, France, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and the USA are invited to it.

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