No Negotiating Platform to End Russian Occupation of Crimea Created In Six Years – Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says no effective negotiating platform has been created in six years that would help return Crimea under Ukrainian control.
“In the framework of the Normandy negotiation process, Russia does not want to discuss the issue of de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and in six years no effective negotiating platform has been created that would help return the peninsula under Ukrainian control. But the current Ukrainian government will work to change this,” said Zelensky in an interview with Euronews.
The Head of State noted that the situation with Crimea was more complicated than with Donbas. He added that he had raised the “Crimean issue” in the Normandy format talks, but Russia had refused to discuss it.
“But Crimea is our territory, we will return it,” the President said.
“I say frankly that I do not think there is a powerful platform where this issue would be raised. I believe that such a platform has not existed for six years. Apart from the sanctions, for which I am grateful to our partners and which we are discussing with them. They are continued. We are assisted not only by Europe, but also by the United States and other countries. I don’t see anything else. Am I going to do anything else? Yes,” he said.