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Ukraine recalls envoy to Armenia over Crimea spat


Ukraine's interim government recalled its ambassador to Yerevan for consultations on Friday after Armenia's president backed Russia's annexation of Crimea, the foreign ministry said.

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 Sarkissian told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call that Moscow's annexation Crimea was a "model for the realisation of self-determination".

In the early 1990s, Armenians took up arms to establish an independent mini-state in the Azerbaijani enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, in a move never recognised by the international community.