Russia, Ukraine Appreciate Stance of Indonesia
06 March 2014
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Russian and Ukrainian governments respect the Indonesian government's stance on crisis in Ukraine. Both states said Foreign Minister Marty Natalagewa's statements are important appeal to solve the crisis peacefully.
"We regard the statements very highly as they were made sincerely to seek a peaceful solution for the crisis," said Mikhail Yurievich Galuzin, Russian ambassador to Indonesia.
Volodymyr Pakhil, Ukrainian ambassador to Indonesia, has expressed a similar view. "Ukraine appreciates Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s efforts to promote a peaceful solution by respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Pakhil in a press release received by Tempo yesterday.
Galuzin told reporters that the Russian troops are only to protect Russian nationals in Ukraine and not for invasion. He stated his condemnation towards the West, especially the United States, that recognizes the interim president Oleksandr Turchynov and interim prime minister Arseiy Yatseniuk.
In a press release, Ukraine calls for Russia to end the aggression as Russia has disseminated a false representation about the protection towards their citizens in Ukraine whereas they only act upon the request by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who is now seeking protection in Moscow. "Ukrainian citizens will decide their own fate in accordance with national and international law," said Pakhil.
Indonesian foreign minister on Tuesday urged all parties to refrain from using violence and seek a peaceful solution for Ukraine’s situation.
Indonesian Embassy in Kiev has announced an emergency plan for relocation and evacuation in case the situation in Ukraine becomes worse as clashes have erupted in cities in Ukraine, especially in Crimea and Kharkiv.