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Kyiv authorities set terms of talks with Moscow about Crimea

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March 7, 2014, 1:11 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has announced conditions on which the new Ukrainian authorities are ready to discuss the Crimean situation with Russia.
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has announced conditions on which the new Ukrainian authorities are ready to discuss the Crimean situation with Russia.

"We have declared our preparedness to negotiate with the Russian government but for doing so our Russian neighbors should first of all pull out its forces and, secondly, honor the bilateral and multinational commitments Russia has signed. Thirdly, [it] must stop supporting the separatists," Yatseniuk told a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

"We are ready to build relations with Russia," the prime minister said. "But Ukraine will never be a subordinate or branch of Russia," he added.

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