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    Kiev Aims to Maintain Diplomatic Ties With Moscow Despite Crimea Issue

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    Kiev is set to maintain diplomatic relations with Moscow, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Tuesday, despite the cooling down in Russian-Ukrainian ties.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — After the Russian Federal Security Service troops said it had detained a group of suspects on the Crimean Peninsula who were allegedly instructed by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to prepare acts of sabotage, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned on Friday that Moscow is unwilling to rupture diplomatic ties with Kiev, yet it may be forced to take such measures as the only remaining option.

    "We maintain diplomatic relations despite Russian aggression," Klimkin told Austrian newspaper Der Standard. "We have millions of Ukrainian nationals living in Russia we have to care about. If Russia makes such decision, it will be its responsibility."

    Crimea became part of Russia after almost 97 percent of those who voted in a local referendum on the issue in 2014 supported the move.

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