Matvienko spoke about the threat of the arrival of NATO ships in Crimea in 2014

The speaker of Council of Federation Valentina Matvienko in an interview with Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger said the threat of NATO ships in Crimea in 2014.

“Ukraine has clearly stated that wants to join NATO. The Alliance, for their part, distanced itself from this intention and didn’t give us [Russia. —] no guarantees that Ukraine will remain non-aligned state. Within a few months, the NATO ships were to our port in Sevastopol. This Russia could not prevent it,” she said.

Matvienko also noted that “there is no reason for arming observers” of the OSCE in the Donbass. “We appreciate the OSCE mission. It is important that an independent body to monitor how the parties to the conflict to observe the Minsk agreement. However, there is no reason to arm the observers. You need to simply be respected as agreed in the Minsk arrangements”, — she said.

Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum held on March 16, 2014. More then 95% of the population of the Peninsula voted for joining Russia. Ukrainian authorities and Western countries have called this step “annexation,” the United States and the European Union imposed restrictive measures against a number of Russians and Russian companies.

On the night of October 19 in Berlin, a meeting in the “Norman format”, which was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. On its results the Ukrainian head of state announced the agreement of Moscow on placing of armed OSCE mission. Before the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin appreciated the placement of armed OSCE mission in Donbass.