"It seems to me that many people, in Moscow as well, realize that Crimea has no future as part of Russia," the minister said on air of ATR television channel on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
He noted that Ukraine's western partners shared similar opinion.
According to Klimkin, he repeatedly said this to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during meetings in Normandy format (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France), but Lavrov insisted that the format was designed to address the issues of the Donbas.
Klimkin emphasized that one of the causes of the conflict in the Donbas was Russia's desire to side-track attention of the international community from the occupation of Crimea.
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