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Ukraine’s top diplomat promises to "give a hard time" to German companies in Crimea

January 04, 2018, 6:40 UTC+3 KIEV

Pavel Klimkin is going to use both political and legal means

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin

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KIEV, January 3. /TASS/. Ukraine will resort to legal measures against retailers of German companies Adidas and Volkswagen operating in Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on Wednesday.

"Nowadays, there are companies that allow their retailers, for instance Adidas and Volkswagen, to view Crimea as part of Russia," Klimkin told a joint news conference with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

"We will give them a hard time with the help of both political and legal means," Klimkin promised.

In late December 2017, Ukraine’s Security Service was reported to be planning checks into operation of some German companies in Crimea. Among them are DHL Express, Adidas and Puma.

On 16 March 2014, more than 82% of Crimea’s electorate took part in the referendum, when 96.77% in the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% in the Black Sea naval port of Sevastopol backed splitting from Ukraine and spoke in favor of reuniting with Russia. On March 18, President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty on Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Russia’s Federal Assembly (parliament) approved the document on March 21.

Ukraine refused to recognize the referendum was legitimate. In July 2014, the European Union and the US imposed sanctions against Crimea and Russia and have repeatedly extended and expanded them.

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