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    Kiev Protests Against Russian Prime Minister's Visit to Crimea

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    Ukraine protests Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's three-day working visit to Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukraine protests Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's three-day working visit to Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

    Since Sunday, Medvedev has been on a trip to Crimea on the eve of the ruling United Russia party primaries.

    "The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expresses its protest against the stay of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on sovereign Ukrainian territory within its internationally recognized borders, which has not been agreed on with the Ukrainian side, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol," a statement by the ministry reads.

    According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ukrainian diplomats have sent a protest note to their Russian counterparts.

    In March 2014, Crimea decided to secede from Ukraine and become a part of Russia after more than 96 percent of the local electorate who voted in a referendum on the issue backed the move. Kiev has not recognized the public vote, claiming that the territory was annexed.


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