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The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova ironically commented on the statement of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko about the return fleet under the national flag in the Bay of Sevastopol, reports TASS.
“Stating its intention to raise the flag in Sevastopol Ukraine, President Poroshenko, apparently, is due to opening of the Consulate General. See that the President of Ukraine is moving towards greater realism”, Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday, July 5.
She added that the opening of the Consulate — normal diplomatic practice, and Russia is ready for this. “Let them send the documents, open the Consulate General with the consent of the Russian Federation and raise the flag there,” concluded the spokesman.
Sunday, July 1, Poroshenko has congratulated Ukrainian sailors with the Navy. “I believe the state flag of Ukraine on our ships will be raised again in the bays of Sevastopol”, — declared the President and thanked sailors for the loyalty to military duty.
After the change of power in Ukraine in 2014, the Crimea and Sevastopol on the results of the referendum became part of Russia. Official Kyiv legitimacy of the referendum is not recognized. Currently, the main part of the Ukrainian fleet based in Odessa.
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