YEREVAN, March 21. / ARKA /. Armenia's recognition of Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea will have negative consequences for the Ukrainian-Armenian relations, deputy foreign minister Daniel Lubkivskyy said in Kiev, UNIAN news agency reports.
In a telephone conversation on March 19, Armenian and Russian presidents, Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, said the referendum in Crimea in which about 96 percent of eligible citizens voted to split from Ukraine, was another example of people's rights to self-determination through free expression of will.
Lubkivskyy said Armenian ambassador to Ukraine was twice invited to the ministry of foreign affairs to be conveyed Ukraine’s concerns. He said appropriate instructions were given also to Ukrainian embassy in Armenia.
He said a note of protest was handed to the Armenian ambassador in which Kiev demands clarification on Yerevan’s official position. He said official Kiev would ask Armenia to "inform officially and publicly that it does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea."
He said if Armenia’s response is interpreted as unfriendly, it would have negative consequences for bilateral relations.
In response to a question whether Kiev may break off diplomatic relations with Armenia Lubkivskyy said: "Negative consequences have a wide range that will be applied after we receive the official position of the Armenian side.”-0-