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Fri, 28 Feb, 2014 12:19:57 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 28
 
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja is speaking in Parliament on 27 February 2014. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja has said that unrest in Ukrainian Crimea is not instigated by any government.
 
Responding to a question by Anni Sinnemäki during parliamentary question session, Tuomioja pointed out that there is no indication that a responsible state would drive a situation that would escalate to armed conflict.
 
Sinnemäki had asked for clarification if there is a risk that Russia would be involved in armed conflict in the region.
 
At the same time Tuomioja pointed out that there is a possibility that operators who are not necessary state actors might be involved in crisis.
 
People wait in front of the Ukrainian parliament during a rally in Kiev on February 27, 2014. Deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych the same day said he still considers himself to be Ukraine's head of state but asked Russia to ensure his personal security. "I still consider myself to be the legal head of the Ukrainian state," said Yanukovych in a statement to Russian news agencies, his first comments since February 22. "I am compelled to ask the Russian Federation to ensure my personal security from the actions of extremists," he said, adding that the latest decisions by the Ukrainian parliament "do not have legitimate character." Photo - AFP / Lehtikuva.
Describing the situation in Ukraine as serious and fragile, the Minister warned that there is always a risk of situation getting out of control and leading to undesirable consequences.
 
He stated that Catherine Ashton, who is the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, is always in touch with the Russian government and leadership adding that no one wanted to bring about new dividing lines in Europe
 
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