Kyiv not engaged in a dialogue with Moscow on the status of Crimea, Klimkin said

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakГлава the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin. Archival photoKyiv not engaged in a dialogue with Moscow on the status of Crimea, Klimkin said© AP Photo / Ronald Zak

The head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry on Monday said that Kiev and Moscow are not engaged in a dialogue on the status of Crimea.

«There is a key Convention of 1907 Hague Convention, article 53, where it is written that weapons should be returned after peace is established… we Have no dialogue nor any questions regarding the status of Crimea, and we will not make any things that can weaken our political or legal position,» — Klimkin said at a press conference on Monday.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to offer Ukraine military ships and aircraft from the Crimea, although they are in poor condition, and to waste not to transport ammunition to Russia is ready to invite Ukrainian experts.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»

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