Russia-Ukraine, Crimea challenge: another obstacle in the negotiations

Russia-Ukraine, Crimea challenge: another obstacle in the negotiations

Ukraine responds to Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov and returns to the Crimea button. Kiev “doesn’t care” about Russia’s opinion on Ukraine’s plans to liberate the peninsula occupied by Moscow forces, whose case will have to be dealt with in any negotiations. The liberation of Crimea, announced on TV by Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian presidency of Volodymyr Zelensky, “is part of a complete story about the liberation of Ukraine”.

“Until the middle of the war, Crimea was considered a separate package, now the issue is being discussed in a single package as a territory that needs to be liberated,” Podolyak said, adding that it is important for Ukraine’s partners to correctly place emphasis on the Crimean question. “We don’t care what Russia will or won’t accept. We owe a huge debt to the Crimean Tatars,” unilaterally annexed by Russia. Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Peskov had called the hypothesis that Crimea could rejoin Ukraine “unimaginable”. The peninsula “is an integral part of the Russian Federation,” Peskov said during a press conference as reported by Russian agencies.

Then there is the front represented by tensions over Moldova. The Kremlin is following “the unstable situation” in Transnistria very closely, a cause for concern, Putin’s spokesman has always said, denouncing that the problems are “caused from outside”. “We know that our opponents, both in the Ukrainian regime and in some European countries, are capable of carrying out various provocations. We are well informed and aware of this, ”he added. Transnistria is a strip of land bordering Ukraine effectively outside the control of the Chisinau government and occupied by pro-Russians.

Source: IL Tempo