January 26, 2016 / 10:15 AM / in 2 years

Russia says won't hold talks on returning Crimea to Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia refuses to hold any talks on returning Crimea to Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reacts during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“We have nothing to give back. We are not holding any talks with anyone on returning Crimea,” Lavrov told his annual news conference. “Crimea is a territory of the Russian Federation in full accordance with the expression of the will of its peoples.”

Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe

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