The Russian Federation prepares to deploy nuclear weapons in the occupied Crimea. This was stated by Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andriy Taran in an interview for Turkish media, the Ministry of Defence press service informs.
“Russia’s preparation for the nuclear weapons deployment in Crimea poses a hard threat to Europe and the civilised world. The attempt of the Russian Federation to establish dominance in the Black Sea basin is a grave danger to the economy of Ukraine, Turkey and other European countries,” Taran said.
He also stated that Russia hinders free navigation in the Kerch Strait. The attempt of the Russian military to suppress communication by the means of radio-electronic warfare disturbs the navigation of aircraft and the military ships in the Black Sea. Ukraine’s concerns are also shared by other countries in the region, in particular, by Romania.
To recap, in November, deputy permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN Yuri Vitrenko expressed concern about the possible deployment of nuclear capabilities by the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
Earlier, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov supposed that Russia would need nuclear weapons in Crimea if the Kremlin starts to lose.