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Russia Wont Revise Crimea Reunification Deal Lavrov

Published: March 21, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
    Photo: Foreign Ministry

Moscows 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, wont 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.





 


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