Kremlin rules out handing back Crimea to Ukraine

March 17, 2015 10:01 AM

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Kremlin rules out handing back Crimea to Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine, despite warnings by the United States and European Union that they will not drop sanctions over the Black Sea peninsula's annexation a year ago.

"There is no occupation of Crimea. Crimea is a region of the Russian Federation and of course the subject of our regions is not up for discussion," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call.

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