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Russia to "adequately respond" to aggression against Crimea: FM

English.news.cn   2014-07-09 20:58:28
• Russia will "adequately respond" to any aggression against Crimea, Lavrov said Wednesday.
• But Lavrov said Moscow is ready to discuss foreign investment with whomever is interested in Crimea.
• On March 18, Putin signed a treaty to integrate Crimea and its city of Sevastopol into Russia.
 
 

MOSCOW, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Russia will "adequately respond" to any aggression against Crimea, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"If it comes to aggression against Russian territory, which Crimea and Sevastopol are parts of, I would not advise anyone to do that," Lavrov told reporters after talks with his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini.

Lavrov warned that Russian national security doctrine is "very clear" on how Moscow would react on any attempt to challenge its territorial integrity.

But he said Moscow is ready to discuss the issue of foreign investment with whomever is interested in Crimea.

"There are economic benefits and other interests for foreigners, including Ukrainians. We are ready to consider these issues," he said, adding that authorities of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol have been authorized to deal with these issues.

On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to integrate Crimea and its city of Sevastopol into Russia, following a referendum which found that a large majority of Crimeans supported the affiliation.

However, Ukraine and major western countries have not recognized the affiliation.

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