NATO Refusing to Recognize Crimea as a Russian Entity is a Threat to Russia, according to Dmitry Medvedev
Shortly after Ukrainian officials suggest Crimea as a target for HIMARS missiles Dmitry Medvedev speaks on NATO needing to recognize Crimea as a Russian territory...
According to Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president, the refusal of NATO powers to recognize Crimea as part of Russia represents a threat to Russia. Crimea had been annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.
"If any other state, be it Ukraine or NATO countries, believes that Crimea is not Russian, then this is a systemic threat for us. This is a direct and explicit threat, especially given what had happened to Crimea. Crimea returned to Russia."
Dmitry Medvedev said in a speech to World War Two veterans.
The comments came just days after Ukrainian officials suggested Crime as the target for the United States-made HIMARS missiles which have recently been deployed by Kyiv. When asked about the HIMARS, Vadym Skibitskyi, a Ukrainian official, said Russia had carried out strikes on Ukrainian territory from Crimea and the Black Sea so both of them are justified targets. More importantly, Crimea is a key area for Russia in terms of strategic importance. Here, Russia maintains the headquarters of its Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol.