The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba listed three tactical tasks to return to the Crimea. “They will understand and accept that Crimea is an integral part of Russia,” Ambassador of the Republic to the President of the Russian Federation Georgy Muradov, on relations with Ukraine, changes in the Constitution and coronavirus
“The first is how we keep the occupied Crimea on the strategic agenda, so that this issue is not forgotten. The second is how we ensure the effectiveness of the sanctions regime against Crimea. Third, what additional international instruments can we use to put pressure on Russia,” Kuleba told the Ukrainian website Novoye Vremya on May 5.
The Minister is convinced that the return of Crimea is a pragmatic calculation, not a diplomatic fantasy.
Kuleba assured that at the moment he is in contact with the representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Anton Korenevich. They are working together, with the participation of the foreign Ministry and other agencies, on the concept of returning Crimea.
On may 3, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said that no Russian President will give up Crimea, despite the introduction of sanctions against Russia.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, noted the next day that the German politician’s claim was controversial, and assured Schroeder that Kiev would return the Peninsula to its control.
Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum in 2014. 96.77% of residents of the Peninsula and 95.6% of Sevastopol’s voters were in favor of joining at that time. Ukraine does not recognize the results of the vote and considers the Peninsula its territory. At the same time, the Kremlin has repeatedly stated that the voting procedure was carried out in accordance with all aspects of international law and the issue of Crimea’s ownership is closed.