Lavrov named provocation of the Kiev detention of the Russian military in Crimea

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov

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The export of two Russian soldiers from Crimea to Ukraine by special services of this country — provocation, said the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov. Kiev insists that the detention occurred at the border, not in the Crimea, and the detainees themselves are called deserters

“We believe that it was a provocation illegal, committed by the special services of Ukraine on the territory of the Russian Federation in respect of Russian citizens. Our law enforcement agencies”, — said Lavrov at a press conference with his Belarusian counterpart in Minsk, reports “Interfax”.

The day before, on November 21, the Russian defense Ministry said that the Ukrainian intelligence agencies illegally detained and removed from the Crimea, two Russian soldiers — warrant officer Maxim Odintsov and younger Sergeant of contract service of Alexander Baranov.

The Russian defense Ministry also called the actions of the security services of Ukraine provocation and demanded the immediate return of the Russians.

Kiev insists that the arrest took place not on the territory of Crimea and on the border. The security Service of Ukraine (SBU) stated that there are two deserters, who in 2014 moved to serve in the Russian army, and they were detained in the criminal case of desertion on the border with Crimea after crossing the border at the checkpoint “Chongar”.

Later the situation with the detention of the servicemen commented on the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. He advised journalists to focus on the review Lavrov, reports RBC.

“Everything is done that should be done in such a situation”, — said Peskov. On the question of a possible exchange of military personnel, he responded briefly: “I can’t answer this question”. “They are citizens of the Russian Federation. The main thing — it”, — said Peskov.

The source of “RIA Novosti” at the headquarters of the black sea fleet said that the SBU through nominees lured Odintsov and Baranov at the checkpoint “Dzhankoi”, ostensibly to transfer them certified documents confirming higher education in universities of Ukraine. Immediately after the exit of Russians outside of Russia, they were detained by SBU and transported to the Nikolaev area, told the Agency interlocutor.

On 10 November, the FSB announced the detention in the Sevastopol members of subversive groups of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine, which, according to intelligence agencies, was preparing acts of sabotage on military and infrastructure objects in Crimea. The Ukrainian defense Ministry has denied the existence in the Crimea and sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Department, calling the statement of the FSB, “a fake.”

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