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Russia Won’t Revise Crimea Reunification Deal – Lavrov

Published: March 21, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
    Photo: Foreign Ministry

Moscow’s reunification treaty with Crimea is not subject to revision, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart John Kerry on Thursday.

“Lavrov stressed that the decision to reunify Crimea with Russia, which reflects the will of the majority of its residents, won’t be revised and should be respected,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The two top diplomats discussed ways to overcome the political crisis in Ukraine and efforts that the international community should undertake for the purpose, including an observer mission to monitor human rights and ethnic minority issues.

Lavrov also informed Kerry about the “ongoing violence by ultranationalist and extremist forces.”

The most serious geopolitical showdown between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War was sparked by the issue of Crimea, previously an autonomous republic within Ukraine with a Russian-speaking majority.

Crimea refused to recognize the legitimacy of the government in Kiev that came to power amid often violent protests last month and sought reunification with Russia after 60 years as part of Ukraine.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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