Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that his country had no intention of breaking relations with Kiev.
Putin quoted saying in Crimea, “Despite the reluctance of current Kiev authorities to have full diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, we will create opportunities to develop contacts and support them.”
Russia was mulling additional security measures following clashes on the peninsula that killed two of its servicemen.
Russia’s Federal Security Service has accused Ukrainian authorities of masterminding an attempt to send a group of saboteurs to Crimea, which it thwarted last week. Kiev denied the accusations.
Putin further added, “It appears, our partners in Kiev have decided to aggravate the situation, and it is clear why.”