Ukraine plans to negotiate with Russia on Crimea: Ukraine's FM

27 June 2014 16:15
(QHA) -

Ukraine plans to start negotiations with Russia on Crimea, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said this in his interview with Austria’s daily Die Presse.

“Fairly soon, we will initiate negotiations, including with Russia, to find a modus vivendi [a realistic way forward] on Crimea,”- said Klimkin.

He did not elaborate on when these talks would take place and who the other parties would be, but Klimkin said that just the drop in tourism, widely seen as the peninsula’s lifeblood, presents a dead–end street for Russia.

“Seventy percent of people living in Crimea depend on the tourism industry. And 70 percent of all tourists who visited Crimea, came from [mainland] Ukraine," he said. "Today, the beaches are empty…”

Asked whether he thought it was a mistake for Ukraine to have surrendered Crimea without firing a single shot, Klimkin acknowledged that measures certainly could have been taken in response but at a great human cost.