Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is indignant over the visit of Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, to Crimea and Sevastopol, which took place on August 5, 2015.

During the visit, Patrushev chaired a meeting where issues, such as countering threats to the national security of the Russian Federation, were addressed. The meeting was attended by representatives of governing bodies illegally established in Crimea, Gordon reports citing the MFA’s official commentary.

“The MFA regards Patrushev’s visit and his chairing of such a meeting, which took place against a backdrop of increasing militarization of the peninsula, as a direct threat to the stability and security in the Black Sea region, as well as another gesture of defiance to the international community,” says the commentary.

The MFA also reports sending a note of protest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation “emphasizing the blatant disregard for the basic norms of international law and disrespect for the position of the international community displayed by the Russian Federation”. The said norms are dealt with in the “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the UN, the Baku Declaration, a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of the OSCE as well as the Helsinki Declaration of the OSCE PA.

“The MFA reiterates the inadmissibility of the Russian Federation officials going on unauthorized visits to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, and demands an immediate explanation for the blatant disrespect of the current legislation of Ukraine and international law,” the MFA of Ukraine emphasizes.

On August 5, 2015, Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, visited Crimea, where he chaired a meeting attended by representatives of Crimean authorities. During the meeting, he mentioned that a ‘threat of terrorist activities’ in Crimea posed by ‘militants’ and ‘nationalistic organizations of Ukraine’ had increased.