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    NATO Does Not Believe Ukraine Was Plotting Terrorist Attacks in Crimea

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    Russian accusations toward Crimea in connection with the thwarted attempt to sabotage critical facilities and carry out terrorist attacks in Crimea are unproven, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The official claimed that Moscow has not provided proof of the attempted incursion into Crimea by Ukraine, and stressed that the alliance was closely following the events following heightened tensions on the peninsula.

    Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Wednesday it had dismantled a spy ring in Crimea organized by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which was plotting acts of sabotage on critical and life-supporting elements of the peninsula's infrastructure. Two Russian officers were killed. Kiev denied the claims as Moscow’s provocations.

    Separately, the NATO official called on sides to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to negotiate toward crisis settlement through diplomatic and peaceful means with the Minsk agreements a key factor.


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