Ukraine-Russia Relations: Medvedev leaves all options open as to diplomatic break-off with Ukraine

16:17 Aug. 12, 2016

Medvedev leaves all options open as to diplomatic break-off with Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrive to the United Russia party congress in Moscow, Russia, June 27, 2016 (AP Photo)

Russian PM reiterates that final decision hangs on Putin

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said all options are on table when asked if the diplomatic relations with Ukraine could be severed.

Medvedev stressed that Russia's President could make such a decision if there is no alternative:

"Anything can happen…After certain events, we had our relations with Georgia broken off.  And there were other cases. I would not like, perhaps, this to happen, but if there are no other options to influence the situation, the president, probably, can take such a decision," Medvedev was quoted as saying by Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

Early on Friday Russian Izvestia newspaper reported, referring to its own diplomatic source, that Moscow is considering the possibility of severing the diplomatic relations with Kyiv after the developments on the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine.


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