Ukraine recalls envoy to Armenia for consultations over Crimea spat

Ukraine recalled its ambassador to Yerevan for consultations on Friday after Armenia’s president backed Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

As well as recalling Ambassador Ivan Kukhta, acting foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsya summoned the Armenian envoy in Kiev to express his “deep concern” at Yerevan’s position, his office said in a statement.

The moves come after Armenian President Serge Sargsyan told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call that the referendum in Crimea was a “model for the realization of self-determination”.

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