Russia has never violated the borders of any country while conducting “military maneuvers”, former NATO General Harald Kujat told the German news website Web.de.
In an interview with the German website Web.de, former NATO General Harald Kujat said that Russia has always remained within international airspace or international waters when carrying out “military maneuvers.”
Kujat commented on the situation surrounding Russia’s allegedly increased military activity near the borders of a spate of European countries.
According to him, Russia is seeking to show that “it is here again,” in military terms, and that it should be taken seriously. At the same time, Kujat added that Russia plans no attacks on European countries.
“I want to emphasize that Russia did not cross any borders. The Russian military has always remained within international airspace or international waters. Direct confrontation is outside [President] Putin’s plans,” he said.
He also said that NATO strengthening its troops is not a threat to Russia. “No one wants a military solution,” Kujat said, referring to NATO’s “moderate” measures.
He warned that a possible war with Russia would be a “catastrophe of the 21st century,” and that such an option must be excluded.
Kujat also ruled out Ukraine joining NATO “in the medium- and long-term prospects” due to a number of reasons, including the internal situation in the country and the high level of corruption there.
In February 2015, Kujat commented on the situation around the Ukrainian conflict in an interview with the German public broadcaster ARD. In particular, he rejected the allegations of Russian troops being involved in the hostilities in eastern Ukraina
The incident is latest in conflict that has lasted decades and continues flaring up despite ceasefire agreements and negotiations.
MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) – A clash on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan has left two people dead, the AP reported.
According to Armenia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Ovanisyan, the skirmish occurred as a result of Azerbaijani gunmen crossing the border into Armenia. One of the gunmen was killed, as well as an 80-year-old herdsman, Seryozha Sargsyan, according to Armenian news website ArmeniaNow.
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Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry spokesman Vagif Dargahli fired back, telling reporters that the skirmish was a result of Armenian forces firing onto Azerbaijani villages, and that Azerbaijani forces “gave a fitting rebuff,” denying the claims about Azerbaijani forces crossing into Armenian territory, Azerbaijani news website Trend reported.According to Armenian news website Aysor, houses in the village of Berbaber in Armenia’s Berd region were damaged as a result of the skirmish. The village’s administrator told reporters that the damage was a result of large-caliber guns.
Azerbaijani news website AzerNews reported that Armenia breached the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 51 times in the past 24 hours, and that Armenian forces were silenced with retaliatory fire.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, predominantly populated by Armenians, announced its intention to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, the region proclaimed itself independent, and soon a separate republic emerged through a referendum as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Azerbaijani authorities refused to recognize the decision, which resulted in a large-scale war that lasted until a Russian-brokered ceasefire was signed in May 1994.
Despite the ceasefire, clashes have occurred along the Line of Contact sporadically ever since.
Since 1992, the OSCE Minsk Group and its co-chairs Russia, France and the United States have been negotiating a lasting and peaceful settlement of the conflict.
International inspections have not registered any undeclared military activity on the part of Russia in the areas adjacent to the Ukrainian border, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said
MOSCOW, July 27 /ITAR-TASS/. The statement by U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas E. Lute and spokeswoman of the U.S. Department of State Marie Harf on the concentration of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border does not reflect reality, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday.
According to the Vienna Document of 2011 and the Treaty on Open Skies, eighteen international inspections have been carried out over Russia’s territory. “These inspections have not registered any violations or undeclared military activity on the part of Russia in the areas adjacent to the Ukrainian border,” Konashenkov said.
The Defence Ministry also said that “at the same time, Ukrainian armed forces’ active combat actions in the areas adjacent to the Russian border make impossible similar inspection flights under the Treaty on Open Skies.”
“The Russian Defence Ministry is certain that official inspections in these areas would register high concentration of Ukrainian troops, armaments and military equipment that regularly shell Russian settlements and have already killed and injured our citizens there,” Konashenkov said.
The ministry also once again reminded the U.S. colleagues that apart from social media from which they, as is known, today get most of intelligence data on the Russian armed forces, there are also other information sources trustworthiness of which is beyond question.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine has asked Russia to admit another wounded Ukrainian soldier to a Russian hospital, spokesman for Russia’s regional Border Guard Service branch Vasily Malayev said on Thursday.
The Ukrainian serviceman who is presumably in a grave condition will be taken to a hospital in the Rostov Region, which borders on east Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, the spokesman said.
“The Ukrainian side has again asked for assistance to a wounded serviceman. He is being transported to the Gukovo checkpoint where the transfer procedure will take place,” Malayev said.
Together with him, a total of five Ukrainian National Guard servicemen wounded in battles with east Ukraine’s self-defense fighters will be staying in Russian hospitals.
Earlier on Thursday, 18 Ukrainian servicemen came back to Ukraine after receiving medical treatment in southern Russia.
Russia provides assistance proceeding from the norms of the January 22, 1993 Minsk Convention on Legal Aid and the Consular Convention signed between Russia and Ukraine on January 15, 1993.