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.
UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki- moonreiterated that military means alone can't provide solution to the Ukrainian crisis and that a renewed and lasting ceasefire upheld by all parties is fundamental, his spokesman said on Monday.
"The secretary-general is aware of reports that armed militias have regrouped in Donetsk and Lugansk and that the Ukrainian forces are engaging in intensified military activity," Ban's spokesman said in response to a press question.Full story
BERLIN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The leaders ofGermany, French and Ukraine held a telephone conversation on Friday to discuss developments in Ukraine, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
German ChancellorAngela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed that a bilateral ceasefire and a common approach by Ukraine and Russia to secure their border are preconditions to stabilize the situation in Ukraine.Full story
BERLIN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The leaders ofGermany, French and Ukraine held a telephone conversation on Friday to discuss developments in Ukraine, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.Full story