Saturday, August 13, 2016

Russian Prime Minister: Russia Could Cut Diplomatic Ties With Ukraine

DW: Russia threatens to sever ties with Ukraine amid rising tensions in Crimea

Russia's premier has suggested that President Vladimir Putin may elect to formally sever diplomatic ties with Kyiv. Moscow has sent its latest missile defense system to Crimea amid reports of a mutual military buildup.

On Friday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow could formally sever diplomatic ties with Kyiv after reported clashes between Russian forces and alleged Ukrainian "saboteurs" in the annexed Crimean Peninsula.

"I would not like this to end this way. However, if there is no other option to influence the situation, the president can probably make such a decision," the premier said in comments carried by Russia's state-owned TASS news agency.

"This act of sabotage is an act of crime in its essence, despite the fact that its plot failed, and it should be properly investigated while the persons implicated in it as well as organizers should bear responsibility - criminal responsibility," Medvedev said. He was referring to Russian allegations that Ukrainian special forces sought to sabotage key Crimean installations over the weekend, claims denied by Kyiv.

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WNU Editor: Russian media is covering extensively the ongoing tensions with Ukraine .... and none of it flattering towards Ukraine.

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