Russia has a serious military power on the Peninsula, recalled the American diplomat
Former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who now sees the possibility of negotiations with Russia on Crimea, believes that the liberation of the Ukrainian Peninsula by military means could lead to tragic consequences, even outside of our country.
He told about it in interview “to the Crimea.Realities”.
He believes that only constant pressure on Russia could solve the issue of de-occupation of the Peninsula in the future. And a power method is not even worth trying to return the Crimea.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think that such an operation would be disastrous for people’s lives and property. Russia has a very powerful military force. All this would lead to a conflict beyond Crimea, in other parts of Ukraine, even in other parts of Europe. There is no good military option of returning Crimea. And, frankly, we have to be patient. Russia will sooner or later change. Putinism and the continuation of his power until 2036 is more a sign of weakness, not strength. I think that Russia will change over time. We must keep the pressure and be ready for these changes,” said Walker.
Earlier, the Deputy Secretary of national security and defence, major-General Sergey Krivonos told me that Ukraine in 2014 could liberate the Crimea. According to him, the paratroopers and special forces worked out a plan to counter the seizure of territories and was ready to perform the task. But something went wrong…
As reported “Today”, recently the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has revealed a strategy for the liberation of the Crimea. He believes that the issue of de-occupation of the Peninsula it is impossible to raise the Minsk talks. We need to push Russia to the liberation of the Crimea.
Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in March 2014 after the “referendum” is not recognized neither Ukraine nor the world community. Including the “Crimean referendum” does not recognize and the United Nations.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. 7 Oct 2015 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law. International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and have condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries have imposed a series of economic sanctions.
In turn the international criminal court (the Hague Tribunal) has ruled that Russia’s actions during the occupation of Crimea is regarded as a military conflict against Ukraine. In the Hague say that the international conflict can be investigated according to the norms of the Rome Statute.