Russia has set a precedent in Crimea for forcible change in borders and is now working out opportunities to use its military machine in other parts of the world.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevhenii Yenin said this at the forum "Asian Strategy in Action, the role of Ukrainian-Japanese cooperation" organised by the New Europe Center on February 16.
"By and large, we have faced the first forcible change in borders after World War II. Today we observe it in Crimea. We can only wonder where this precedent will be used tomorrow," Yenin emphasised.
According to him, not only the Russian side has the ambitions of forcefully changing the borders.
"I know for sure that these issues are of great concern to our Japanese colleagues. The precedents are taken exactly from Crimea," he added.
The diplomat noted that the situation in Crimea and Donbas is a clear example of the policy of Russian revisionism and evidence of a critical weakening of the force of norms and institutions of international law.
Yenin added that he was particularly concerned about the growing militarization of the occupied peninsula and even its possible nuclearization.
"This is not just a qualitative and quantitative strengthening of the Russian military force on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, but also an increase in the operational capabilities of the Russian military machine concerning its possible attempts in various operation scenarios. We are talking about the Persian Gulf, about possible separate operations in the regions of Asia and the Mediterranean," the Ukrainian deputy minister warned.
Yenin said that Ukraine would like to be a stable partner of Japan in the field of security, countering new threats that have arisen to humanity today. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic, global warming and fight against aggressive actions of individual players in the international arena.