Headline: Ukraine concerned over Russia’s planned military drills near border
Kiev, May 15, 2014 (Xinhua/NAN) Ukrainian foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia said on Thursday that he is concerned over the upcoming Russian military drills near the joint border between Ukraine and Russia.
“Certainly, Russia’s military exercises on the border with Ukraine hurt the chances to stabilise situation in eastern regions,’’ Deshchytsia said during the international conference on Ukraine’s foreign policy.
Deshchytsia reiterated accusation against Moscow for failing to fulfill its commitment to the Geneva agreement.
He charged that the decision to hold military exercises during Ukraine’s presidential elections could escalate the tension in eastern part of the country.
The third round of “Avaidarts-2014’’ Russian exercises would be held in Russia’s western Voronezh region on May 21 to 26.
The drills were planned before tension between Kiev and Moscow erupted.
The dispute between the two ex-Soviet neighbours escalated in March following massive pro-Russian rallies in eastern and southern Ukraine, which demanded autonomy from the government in Kiev and closer ties with Russia.
On April 17, Ukraine, Russia, U.S. and the EU reached a deal in Geneva calling for all sides of the conflict to refrain from violence.
However, Kiev and Moscow have been accusing each other of violating the treaty. (NAN