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Kiev summons Serbian ambassador over MPs' visit to Crimea

KIEV - The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned a visit to Crimea by a group of Serbian MPs, summoning Serbia's ambassador to Kiev.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemns in the strongest terms a visit by a group of Serbian MPs to occupied Crimea, the ministry's spokesperson Mariana Betsa told a press briefing in Kiev, Sputnik reported.

Marine Le Pen says Crimea's reunification with Russia was legitimate

BELGRADE - Crimea's incorporation into Russia was legitimate, leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, has said.

"I do not think that (Crimea's) reunification (with Russia) was illegitimate," she told the BFM TV network on Tuesday. "A referendum was organized, and residents of Crimea voted to join Russia. I see no grounds whatsoever to question this referendum."

FM: Kiev used "unacceptable language" to talk about Russia

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says Serbia found a recent UNGA resolution on Crimea unacceptable because of the way it qualified Russia.

As Dacic told reporters in Belgrade on Thursday, the Kiev-proposed resolution on "violations of human rights in Crimea" speaks about Russia "in the worst possible way."

Crimea Officials Tout for Business in Serbia

The speaker of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, Deputy Prime Minister Georghy Muradov, Economy Minister Valentin Demidov and representatives from the Crimean culture, education and tourism sector took part in a debate on Friday in the Russian House in Belgrade as part of a visit aimed at boosting economic ties with Serbia.

Is a new Cold War brewing?

Since Russia's invasion of Crimea in 2014 and the military operations in eastern Ukraine, the concept of a "Cold War" has become part of our daily lexicon again. While the U.S.-led Western alliance hasn't fully digested the annexation of Crimea and has been busy developing strategies on how to best confront Russian expansionism in Eastern Europe, the Kremlin decided to get directly involved in