Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who has recently announced his intention to run for the Russian Presidency, believes that the Crimean problem may be solved by another one referendum.
In an interview to the RBC Navalny stated, that “it was unclear whose territory Crimea was”. “But I can say that the way to solve the problems of Crimea should start with a normal referendum, that must be held there,” he said.
“The first referendum was not normal there. That is the main problem. Of cause some procedures, called “referendum”, took place there but nobody believes in the procedures. That is why Crimea is not recognized, it doesn’t develop and it will not grow in the foreseeable future, as the Northern Cyprus does not develop, for example. This is an unrecognized territory. We must have some sort of a point to start from, and this point should be figuring out the real will of the inhabitants of Crimea at a fair and transparent referendum to begin to tackle the problems,” said Navalny.
Earlier, Navalny said that Crimea would remain part of Russia and it would not be part of Ukraine in the foreseeable future.