Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said he does not rule out that diplomatic relations with Ukraine could be severed, if there is no other option.

 

Medvedev

 

“I would not like this to end this way. However, if there is no other option to influence the situation, the president can probably make such a decision,” Medvedev said when asked whether severance of diplomatic relations was possible in the wake of Kiev’s attempt to carry out terrorist attacks in Crimea. “The final decision is made by the president who oversees the country’s foreign policy.”

 

The prime minister said he considered the subversion act in Crimea a crime against the Russian state and its people.

 

“To my mind, this is undoubtedly a crime committed against the Russian state and the people of Russia living on one of its territories – Crimea,” Medvedev said.

 

Medvedev also said he regretted the sabotage attempt in Crimea adding that it was likely sanctioned by “a country close to” Ukraine.