Zelensky rejects recognition of Crimea as Russian



Zelensky noted that Ukraine is ready to talk with Russia that the issue of the peninsula is “not in time” and to postpone it, but “not forever.” The Russian authorities consider the recognition of Crimea to be one of the most important positions in the agreement with Ukraine alt=”Zelensky rejected recognition of Crimea as Russian” />

Ukraine will never recognize Crimea as Russian, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Rai 1. The entry was published by the president's office.

“We are ready to talk with Russia that not by the time of the decision on Crimea, <…>, by the time of human lives, let's put this question aside if it complicates the negotiation process. If the issue of Crimea complicates the process of the meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, let's put this issue aside,— said Zelensky.

According to him, the Ukrainian delegation in Turkey proposed to leave this issue, “but not forever.” “They suggested that our states should resolve the issue of Crimea within 10 years. We have not heard the answer to this question,»,— Zelensky said.

He also said that Ukraine does not recognize the autonomy of the DNR and LNR.

At the talks in Istanbul at the end of March, the Ukrainian side handed over to the Russian side its written proposals on the treaty, which included the non-proliferation of security guarantees for Kyiv on the territory of Crimea and Donbass. The document also stated that for 15 years the parties will negotiate on the peninsula and during this time they will not use military force to resolve the issue. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then saw in the position of the Ukrainian negotiators an understanding that “the issues of Crimea and Donbass have been finally resolved.”

However, in early April, the minister announced that Ukraine had submitted a new draft agreement and moved away from its wording on Crimea and Donbas. “Instead of it, vague formulations are proposed about some kind of effective control, moreover, as of February 23,” — explained Lavrov.

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The head of the Russian delegation at the talks, Vladimir Medinsky, noted that the agreement with Ukraine should contain important positions for Russia, including “the definition and recognition of Crimea and Donbass". Russian President Vladimir Putin, before the start of the Russian special operation, called the recognition of the choice of the Crimeans one of the conditions for the rehabilitation of relations with Ukraine. “They came voluntarily and made their decision” reunite with Russia»,— said Putin.

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Vladimir Zelensky

politician, President of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

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