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Moscow Has No Intentions of Reviving Issue of Crimea's Belonging - Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov
MOSCOW. June 5 (Interfax) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that "nobody needs" to return to the issue of Crimea's belonging.

"The times of Ochakov and the conquest of Crimea are all over. Presidents Yeltsin, Putin and Medvedev have consistently spoken of the status of Crimea. Each of us can have his own reminiscences or nostalgic memories but any responsible and normal person should realize that raising the issue of Crimea's belonging again means blood and nobody needs that," he said on Ekho Moskvy radio on Sunday.

In his opinion, it is in the interests of Ukraine to harmonize its relations with Customs Union members.

"Ukraine that enjoys the advantages of WTO membership should realize that if it suddenly opens its borders to the European Union, the Customs Union that is following average WTO rules will protect itself. I think that it is in Ukraine's interests to harmonize its relations with members of Customs Union countries and adjust its tariffs to the WTO average," he said.

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