Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has been informed of the Wednesday phone talk between the presidents of Armenia and Russia, Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, wherein the Armenian president called the Crimea referendum another case of exercise of peoples' right to self-determination via free expression of will, Ukraine's Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Kukhta told reporters, Thursday.
The ambassador did not express his stance on the Armenian president's statement, noting that every country has a right to have its own stance. The Ambassador assured reporters that Armenia and Ukraine have traditionally had good relations at all levels and there are perspectives of further development of the bilateral cooperation.
As for the possibility of Ukraine's setting visa regime for Russia, the diplomat said that the given measure is not likely to apply to Armenia. "There is no visa regime between Ukraine and Armenia and, I think, there will be no such regime in future either," Ambassador Kukhta said. He recalled that the Armenian community in Ukraine is big enough. Nearly 350,000 Armenians are full-fledged citizens of Ukraine.
Commenting on the Ukraine's decision to quit CIS, the ambassador said: "I think, no one needs membership of an ineffective organization. If the foreign ministers of the CIS have not yet find time to meet and discuss the situation in Ukraine, it means that this structure is inactive. Who needs membership of an inactive organization?"
Asked about the Karabakh conflict, the ambassador said Ukraine supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group in peaceful resolution of the conflict.