(QHA) -

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday he was uninterested in the West's opinion of the present status of Crimea as well as other domestic issues within the country.

"I'm not interested in the West's opinion about this and am equally not interested in its opinion in regard to other domestic issues within the Russian Federation," - Lavrov said.

Lavrov was speaking on the sidelines of the Valdai discussion forum in response to the question of whether the West would continue to insist on Russia returning the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine, Ria Novosti informed.

In March, Crimea seceded from Ukraine in a result of local referendum on region’s status and was annexed by Russia, a move that Kyiv and the West refused to recognize as legal.

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