25 March 2014, 00:59

Lavrov and Kerry talked about need to respect outcome of Crimea referendum

Lavrov and Kerry talked about need to respect outcome of Crimea referendum

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that during the meeting in the Hague he discussed with the US Secretary of State John Kerry the need to respect the results of the referendum in the Crimea.

"We reiterated the need to fully respect the results of the referendum, which was held in the Crimea. We talked about the need to finally adopt drastic measures in order to prevent the excesses of radicals and their intrusion into the political life of Ukraine. This was agreed on 21 February, when an agreement was signed between the president and the opposition in the presence of the three foreign ministers of the European Union and this condition shouldn’t be influenced by any other factors", Lavrov told the reporters after the meeting.

The Russian foreign minister also stressed that "radicals have no place in modern society."

On February 22 a change of government took place in Ukraine, which had obvious signs of a coup. Rada ousted from power the President Viktor Yanukovych, has changed the constitution and appointed election on May 25.

In Crimea, on March 16 a referendum on the status of autonomy was held with more than 96 percent of people voted for joining Russia. On March 18 Crimea and Russia has signed the following contract.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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