MOSCOW, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Moscow on Monday refuted NATO ( North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Council's allegations that Russia was conducting military escalation in Ukraine's Republic of Crimea.
"We categorically disagree with the statement of the NATO Council of March 2 which accused the Russian Federation of military escalation in Crimea in breach of international law," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It said that approach can not facilitate stabilization of the situation in Ukraine but encourages forces that would like to take advantage of the crisis for achieving their "irresponsible political goals."
For Moscow, the ministry said, it was obvious that the sole source of the current threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine was the internal political crisis in the country, stressing that the crisis' settlement calls for an " essentially new form of behavior" on the part of Russia's partners.
Russia said its Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea are not interfering in Ukrainian internal political events.
"Providing security for fleet facilities and preventing possible attacks on our compatriots from extremists and radicals are the sole purposes of all troop movements," the ministry said, adding that NATO's statements are harmful for the block's relations with Russia.
Meanwhile, Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the State Duma, or the Lower House of Russia's Parliament, said there was no need to send Russian troops to Ukraine "so far".
"There is no such a necessity at the moment," Naryshkin told the Russia 24 TV channel.
He added that an opportunity to settle the situation in Ukraine via a political dialogue still exists.
"I and my colleagues do not even want to say the word 'war,'" Naryshkin said.
Russian Parliament on Saturday authorized President Vladimir Putin to use military force to protect Russia's interests in Ukraine.