Ukraine will not conduct negotiations with Russia regarding the conditions of existence of Crimea, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.
"We certainly will not hold any negotiations on the conditions for the existence of Crimea. Crimea was Ukrainian and Crimea will be Ukrainian," Klimkin said.
The statement comes a day after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said “he would not recommend anyone attack the Crimean peninsula, even if it is an attempt to return it to Ukraine”.
“I wouldn’t suggest that to anyone. We have a doctrine of national security and it clearly illustrates what actions should be taken in this case," - Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow with his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini.
Ukrainian diplomat emphasized that consultations on economic and humanitarian aspects of the lives of Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula are critically needed.
"We must support the Ukrainians who live there. We must support the Crimean Tatars, who live there”- he said, noting some modus vivendi on these issues needs to be reached.
Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March, following Crimean referendum, which Kyiv, the EU and the U.S. have condemned as illegal and refused to recognize.