Asked about the accusations against Ukraine concerning the airspace above its territory being not closed after the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas, Klimkin said: "We did not realize such a threat at that time and that Russia could send to Donbas such advanced systems able to shoot airplanes down. We expected that there would be conventional weapons, which was brought from Russia to the Donbas but not as sophisticated as Buk, the presence of which was confirmed by this report."
Pavlo Klimkin pointed out that under the conditions of Russia's aggression against Ukraine and hybrid war there was an understanding that there were weapons in the territory of Donbas uncontrolled by Ukraine but no one was ready that such sophisticated systems as Buk would have been delivered there.
"When a war begins, when a war is declared, you know what to expect. But this war has not been declared. And no one could have imagined that there would be such a threat (as the use of the Buk - Ed.)," he added.
The foreign minister noted that the airspace of Ukraine has not yet returned to its normal state also due to the fact that Crimea was occupied. "We believe that this issue must be solved in accordance with international law. Crimea is part of Ukraine and from the point of view of international law we must regain full control over the territory. We will resort to further legal steps meaning the international lawsuits, in particular," he stressed.
The minister also added that as far as he knew, the Russian planes were still flying very close to the territory of Donbas.