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Russia rejects any possible threat against Crimea

Moscow, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Russia will consider a threat to attack the Crimean peninsula as if it were any of its federal subjects, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

“We will find a way to prevent the implementation of such threats. Russia’s territorial integrity, as well as its security, will be reliably guaranteed,” the official stressed, commenting on the statement made by US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

A day earlier, Sullivan said that the United States will not authorize Ukraine to use Western weapons to attack Russian territory, but does not consider Crimea part of the Russian Federation.

Crimea became a Russian region once again in March 2014 by a referendum, which was supported by 96.77 percent of voters, with 95.6 percent of Sevastopol in favor of joining Russia.

For Kiev, the peninsula is a temporarily occupied region, and many Western countries support Ukraine on this issue.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, “the issue of Crimea is closed for good,” as its inhabitants opted for democratic reunification with Russia, “in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter.”