On Wednesday, Russia’s Federal Security Service said that it had eliminated a spy ring organized by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Crimea, which was preparing acts of sabotage on “critical and life-supporting elements of the peninsula’s infrastructure.”


“Of course, we cannot show everything on TV, but we have compelling evidence that this was a sabotage, which was being planned for a long time,  through the chief of intelligence office of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. It aimed to destabilize the situation in Russian Crimea,” Lavrov said after a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.


Lavrov called on the Western countries to influence the Ukrainian authorities in order to prevent similar situations.


Lavrov and Steinmeier discussed the situation in Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreement, Lavrov said, adding that Steinmeier has done a lot for the peace settlement in Ukraine.


“During the Normandy Four summit in Paris in October 2 last year, the term ‘Steinmeier’s formula’ even came to life, a formula invented by Steinmeier to find practical and overall acceptable ways to implement the objectives of the Minsk agreements… Now, unfortunately, the implementation of ‘Steinmeier’s formula’ is hampered by Kiev authorities, who want to once again circumvent the Minsk agreements,” Lavrov said.