KYIV (QHA) -

The President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman said that Ukraine's loosing the Crimea was a "completed case" and proposed legalizing it by paying compensation to Ukraine.

He made a corresponding statement during the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Zeman at the same time recognized the illegality of the annexation of the Crimea.

"The Crimea is an annexation, no doubt. This is a completed case," he said.

The President proposed to pay compensation to Ukraine "in financial form, or with oil and gas." He went on saying that in case Ukraine disagrees with the compensation, a "European war" will begin.

"We must avoid the European war, and you must understand this," Zeman said.

Furthermore, the President of the Czech Republic stated the  necessity to lift sanctions from Russia and replace them with active contacts with the Russian Federation.

“Europe is divided by many lines. One of them is the line between Russia and other European countries. I'm not saying that this is a repetition of the Iron Curtain. But it's still a line of separation," he explained.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria Aleksandr Shcherba accused the Austrian construction magnate Hans-Peter Haselsteiner of "supporting Putin's aggression in Ukraine" for his interview with the Austrian newspaper Die Presse. The Ambassador noted that the support of Russian aggression in Ukraine by the businessman is devoid of common sense. He also criticized the arguments of Haselsteiner, which he made as an excuse for annexation.

Source: European trut

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