Russian politician offers to return Crimea to Ukraine


The leader of the Russian party “Yabloko” (Apple) Gregory Yavlinsky, who intends to fight for the post of President of the Russian Federation in the 2018 election, told how he was going to solve the problem of deoccupation of Crimea.

“First we need to recognize that Russia has been illegally violating international norms and treaties that it has signed. Then it is necessary to convene an international conference with the participation of EU countries, Ukraine, Russia, and other interested states, to devise a step-by-step plan on how to solve this problem. This will not be solved by me or any other person in Moscow, but it will be a common solution without bloodshed, balanced and proper,” said the leader of “Yabloko”.

Yavlinsky said that “it would be good to hold a referendum under international supervision in Crimea.”

“But this is my personal opinion. How the Conference is going to solve that is another question. I want to have my country with the internationally recognized borders. I want to see the people who live in Crimea on the same footing with the Europeans. But the most important thing is if this problem will be solved only when Russians say: we are Europeans; we are building our future together with Europe; we recognize the same principles by which hundreds of millions of other people live,” said the Russian politician.

Previously a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia and the Chairman of the “Yabloko” party, Emilia Slabunova said that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine could be resolved without giving the occupied Crimea back.

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