In the first quarter of 2014, the Russian Federation urgently transferred to the Crimea and 9 thousand soldiers, their movement was by air. This was told in an interview with DW, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov. The diplomat clarified that the Russian military on the territory of Crimea in March 2014 were in compliance with the law.
“In accordance with the bilateral agreement between Russia and Ukraine of 1997, Russia was granted the right to military presence in Sevastopol, where the main base of the black sea. – Ed.) fleet, as well as all over the Crimea in an amount of not more than 25 thousand people of the personnel”, — said Chizhov. At the beginning of the Crimean crisis on the Peninsula was located 16 thousand Russian soldiers, the diplomat added. “The gap in 9 thousand people were quickly filled by sending additional reinforcements by air”, — said Chizhov.
In the same interview, Chizhov has denied the presence of active Russian troops in the Donbass. He also answered the question about the Russians Eugene and Alexander Alexandrov, each of which the court in Kiev sentenced to 14 years in prison for waging war against Ukraine. The Ambassador repeated the official version of the Ministry of defence that at the time of arrest Erofeev and A. were active servicemen of the Russian Federation. “You know, it’s hard to prove something in the case, where the lost evidence, and the lawyer of one of accused killed in Ukraine”, — said Chizhov on another question the journalist on this topic.