NATO calls for de-occupation of Crimea
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach calls on the Russian authorities to cease support of militants in eastern Ukraine.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chairman of the NATO military committee, said at the Alliance meeting in Brussels that the North Atlantic Alliance does not recognize the Crimea as part of Russia and demands that Moscow withdraw its troops from the territory of the peninsula.
"This alliance does not and will not accept Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea," he states.
"We continue to call on Russia to withdraw from Crimea and to cease its support of militants in eastern Ukraine,” he adds.
During a press conference committee, which was held on May 22, the new NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, announced the Alliance’s intentions to provide military support to Ukraine.
He noted that support would be provided via cooperation in the field of education so that Ukraine can protect its territories in the future.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.