Lavrov: Russia is not interested in severing diplomatic relations with Ukraine

Lavrov: Russia is not interested in severing diplomatic relations with Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his talks with German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday discussed the possibility of restoring dialogue in the Normandy format in the wake of the recently foiled terrorist attacks in Crimea, TASS reports.

"We assessed the prospects and possibilities of resuming dialogue in the Normandy format," Lavrov said adding that the recent intrusion attempt in Crimea by Ukrainian saboteurs could not but have affected the talks.

Lavrov said Russia has irrefutable evidence that Ukraine’s authorities had planned the act of sabotage for a long time with the goal of destabilizing the situation in Crimea.

"We discussed the situation in Ukraine, which has raised serious concerns, and tasks for advancing a settlement to the crisis by synchronizing steps to implement the Minsk Accords, in particular, measures to ensure security in the regions and political reforms," Lavrov said.

He added that he doesn't think, that Russia is "in a situation where somebody is interested in severing diplomatic relations. It would be an extreme measure. It is essential not to succumb to emotions and not opt for some extreme actions, but to display reserve and concentration to achieve stabilization."

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