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Refusal to negotiate with Russia may lead to total loss of Ukraine’s sovereignty –Medvedev

The consequences of such a decision by Kyiv also include an increase in the number of victims and the loss of territories, said the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council

MOSCOW, June 3. /TASS/. Kiev’s refusal to negotiate with Russia will lead to more Ukrainian casualties and loss of territories, and may eventually cause a total loss of Ukrainian sovereignty, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview to Qatar’s Al Jazeera television.

He said that a while ago, Ukraine "seemed to be willing to negotiate about key issues," approaching the talks from a fairly realistic position. But, at some point, the country suspended negotiations. According to the Russian official, the u-turn was "clearly made under the influence of calls, coming to Kiev from Washington and Brussels."

"What will the consequences be? They are clear. Regretfully, there will be more victims, more damage and, eventually, Ukraine may lose more territories as a result of what is happening now. Ultimately, the refusal to negotiate will, in essence, lead to one thing - the loss of national sovereignty," Medvedev said.