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About 15 unidentified soldiers walk on the Associated Press video of March 3, 2014 on the asphalt street in the village of Perevalnoe in Crimea with population of approximately 6900 citizens.
Western media refer to the soldiers without visible insignias to their uniforms, as members of Russian military. Village of Perevalnoe became a synonym for a standoff in the past three days, since journalists on the ground start to send reports on unknown armed personnel that surround the infantry base of Ukraine soldiers inside the gates of the base.
Despite the standoff, the situation in the village is calm, although on many distances of this village, real political and diplomatic efforts take place to ensure a withdrawal of military personnel of Crimea region and finding peaceful solution to the issue.
In Kiev, Acting Prime minister of Ukraine Areniy Yatsenyuk assures “any attempt of Russia to grab Ukraine would have no success.” Yatsenyuk states, Ukraine “would tackle this problem, despite the presence of Russian military,” and the fact their army supports illegal government. He asked for more “time” for resolving the situation.
Online edition of http://tvi.ua informs based on Border Service of Ukraine’s website on the measures. They undertake more controls through the checkpoints and border control to prevent entry into the territory of Ukraine of those who want to participate in activities of extremist character.
In Brussels, European Union Foreign Affairs Council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the development of the situation in Ukraine.
European Union will send a fact-finding mission on Tuesday to start work together with International Monetary Found in a possibility to assist Ukraine’s emergency need of financial situation, says Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy states after the meeting of Foreign Affairs Council on March 3, 2014 in Brussels. On the news conference after the FAC meeting, she reaffirmed the offer for Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement.
Ashton announced she would have a meeting with Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday to discuss ways for de-escalation on the situation in Ukraine. On the news conference, she said EU member country’s foreign affairs ministers condemned violations, act of authorization to use military in Ukraine and appeal to Russia:
1. To withdraw in the positions based on the Agreement on the Black Sea Fleet
2. To hold consultations of all signatures of Budapest Memorandum of 1994
3. It welcomes OSCE fact-finding mission
Ashton says they expect dialogue and de-escalation of the situation that means returning of Russian military to the position before the beginning. She states, EU concerns are over information on the over-flights, troop’s movements in different places, although some of those elements, are not easily validated.
If Russia stands to its point, EU could impose sanctions, after Thursday meeting of European Union Council that should bring heads of European member states on discussions in Brussels. Suspension of bilateral talks with Russia on visa matters could be one of the sanction’s EU could impose and suggest for Russia.
In Washington D.C., the Vice President Joe Biden discussed by phone with Russian Prime ministry Dmitry Medvedev. In the readout of the conversation, Biden urges Russia to withdraw, support deployment of international monitors and to start a dialogue with the Ukrainian government.
Earlier, G-7 member’s countries Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, condemned the acts of Russia and call them to solve any open issue through dialogue and institutions.
“We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”
In Vienna, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe held special meeting with member countries to inform on the further steps. OSCE could undertake in Ukraine.
OSCE considers a possibility to form a Contact group and a monitoring mission that will make an objective assessment what is happening in Ukraine, aside Monday March 3, 2014 approved mission of ODIHR monitors for the presidential elections scheduled for May 25, 2014. According to Ambassador Tim Guldimann, OSCE Permanent Council has not any final decision on that, although “something needs to be developed on the ground.”
After North Atlantic Council Meeting on Sunday, NATO issued a statement to call to the Russian Federation to respect international commitments, including those in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and Ukraine of 1997, and the legal framework regulating the presence of Russian Black Sea Fleet.
NATO asked of Russia to withdraw forces and to refrain from any interference in Ukraine and also appealed to “both parties to seek a peaceful resolution, with international observers of the United Nations Security Council or OSCE.”
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked to the president of Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev and with the president of Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko, while Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon.
While all political and diplomatic efforts take place, AP informs that the Russian agency that monitors the Internet blocks Internet pages, mostly related to Ukraine protests movement.
As situation develops, number of information of various sources that cannot be easily validated says on possible ultimatum to Ukraine’s military in Crimea to withdraw from bases. Black Sea Fleet denied those claims.
The USA State Secretary John Kerry should arrive in Kiev on Tuesday as he tweeted on his Twitter account @JohnKerry on Sunday.