Russia is warning the United States to stay away from Russia and Crimea. This was stated by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday, April 13, RIA Novosti reports.
He stressed that Washington must understand that the risks of certain incidents are very high.
“We warn the United States that it is better for them to stay away from the Crimea, from our Black Sea coast. It will be for their own good,” the Russian diplomat said.
Earlier, CNN reported that the United States may soon send its warships to the Black Sea due to the alleged “growth of Russian military activity” on the border with Ukraine.
In the future, the Pentagon did not confirm the relevant information, and also called the sending of US warships to the Black Sea a standard operation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, drew attention to the fact that such military activity of the United States is observed regularly, but now “it is being done with particular assertiveness.” The diplomat recalled that the Russian military are on their territory, in their country, and wondered what the United States was doing thousands of kilometers from its own territory, noting that this question still remains unanswered.
In March 2014, a referendum was held in Crimea, as a result of which the peninsula became a territorial part of Russia, and Sevastopol became a city of federal significance.