Reintegration Ministry: Ukraine to Offer Separate Platform for Negotiations on Crimea
Ukraine should and will offer a separate platform for negotiations on Crimea, according to Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov.
The minister emphasized that Ukraine is working on the return of all its territories, including Crimea, and will offer a separate platform for negotiations on Crimea.
“There will be a separate platform on Crimea, because the existing Minsk was originally created to solve the Donbas issue – to end Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine,” he said.
Mr. Reznikov recalled that his first official business trip as reintegration minister was a trip to the Kherson region, on the administrative border line with Crimea, temporarily occupied by Russia.
He also indicated that Ukraine would propose a format for international negotiations on the return of Crimea and is discussing this with its partners.
Enterprise to control checkpoints: ‘Reintegration and Restoration’
Reintegration Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has also announced the creation of the state-owned enterprise “Reintegration and Restoration.”
“We have already registered our first state-run enterprise, which is called ‘Reintegration and Restoration.’ And the first task of this state-run enterprise is to collect in one place our checkpoints of entry-exit which are all scattered from the point of view of the balance holder for effective management,” he said during the interview with Ukrainian media.
Reznikov noted that the Ministry of Integration should not be of a vertical but of a horizontal character.
“This includes education, health care, infrastructure, and social policy. But along with this, the task includes the restoration of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are now controlled by Ukraine and suffered. And after Ukraine enters the borders with the Russian Federation, of course, the entire territory that has been plundered and is temporarily occupied today, – it is part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea,” he added.