(QHA) -

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Wednesday said he would not recommend anyone attack the Crimean peninsula, even if it is an attempt to return it to Ukraine.

“I wouldn’t suggest that to anyone. We have a doctrine of national security and it clearly illustrates what actions should be taken in this case," -Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow with his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini, Ria Novosti reports.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March, following Crimean referendum. 

Kyiv, US and the EU, as well as other Western countries, refused to recognize Crimea’s reunification with Russia and imposed sanctions against a number of Russian officials, politicians and businessmen, as well as certain companies.

Moscow has called these sanctions counterproductive.