The return of the Crimea to the Ukraine in the next three to five years is impossible. This statement on Saturday evening on air of TV channel “112 Ukraine” was made by the Deputy Minister of the occupied territories Georgy Tuka.
Answering the question what the strategy of the Ministry on the situation around the Crimea and Donbass, Tuck explained that these situations are fundamentally different and the terms which can be said, are also significantly different.
“As painful as it was, but I’ve always been a believer in telling people the truth. I find it impossible to return the Crimea in the next three to five years,” he said. The Deputy Minister added that, in his opinion, Crimea will return to Ukraine when “in Russia, the economic crisis will begin once again centrifugal force”.
“Now this may seem nonsense and fiction, but you can see the news feed the mid 90-ies of how the events developed in Kaliningrad, Tatarstan, Bashkortastan <…> then exploded Chechnya. We have all seen it with my own eyes,” said he, adding that, in his opinion, such events could be repeated.
“If the international community does not reduce the pressure on Russia, we all will see in the next five to ten years,” said Tuck.
Crimea became part of Russia in the spring of 2014 after a referendum, the majority of which voted for joining the Crimea to Russia. Kiev joining these regions to Russia does not recognize and considers them to be temporarily occupied territories. In Ukraine in this regard, a Ministry for the occupied territories.
In early September, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the plenary session of the Eastern economic forum, once again called the question of ownership of the Crimea closed. “Return to the old system does not exist. No”, — said the President.