Lavrov: Russia is not interested in severing diplomatic relations with Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia is not interested in breaking off diplomatic relations with Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported.

Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Lavrov said “I do not think that we are now in a situation in which someone is interested in severing diplomatic relations. This is an extreme measure.”

“I think the main thing now is to not succumb to emotions, not to fall into some extreme options. Rather, it is important to be restrained and concentrated in order to stabilize the situation,” Lavrov added.

However, the Russian Foreign Minister noted that Moscow has “irrefutable evidence” that Ukraine was behind the alleged terror plot thwarted by the FSB in the Crimea last week.

“We do not hide the fact that we know… Of course, we are not able to show it all on TV, but we have irrefutable evidence that there was a diversion which was planned for a long time by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, and was aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Russian Crimea,” Lavrov stated.

Kiev vehemently denies that it was involved in the thwarted terror plot.

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