Klimkin shared his thoughts on “Russian tanks” in Catalonia
MOSCOW, 30 Jul — RIA Novosti. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin at a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart Alfonso Tacticom spoke about the difference between Crimea and Catalonia on the example of “Russian tanks”. It is reported by TV channel NewsOne.
“Imagine that right now in Catalonia would be two thousand Russian tanks and armored vehicles, thousands of Russian regular troops and tens of thousands of Russian mercenaries. It was controlled by Russia,” — said the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry.
According to him, despite the lack of tanks in Catalonia, Spain and Ukraine still have a “joint challenges”. We are talking about “Russia’s attempts to wage hybrid war against all of Europe, to weaken it,” says Klimkin.
The Ukrainian authorities accuse Russia of “aggression” and of involvement in the events in Donbass. Moscow denies the accusations.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stressed that the country is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine as soon as possible out of the political and economic crisis.
Crimea became a Russian region in March 2014 following a referendum in which over 96% of the population voted for reunification with Russia. A plebiscite was held after a coup in Ukraine.