September 22, 2015
Poroshenko is confident in the success of the blockade of the peninsula
Petro Poroshenko commented on the actions of the activists who blocked the roads near the Ukrainian border crossings and are not letting the trucks into Crimea. He believes that the blockade will change the attitude of the inhabitants of the peninsula towards Ukraine and they will come back “under the wing” of Kiev.
“The blockade is the action of the activists of the Crimean Tatar people, and public services – Ukrainian border guards and Interior Ministry – were ordered to ensure law and order and the absence of provocations during the protest”, – he said at a joint briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Yavorovsky polygon in the Lvov region.
According to the Ukrainian leader, the purpose of this action is what he said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels on Sunday, September 20: Ukraine will do everything for the quick resumption of state sovereignty over Crimea.
At the same time, Poroshenko stressed that the action at the administrative border with Crimea and the intention of activists to block the border with the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic are two different actions, as in the case of Crimea “it is the territory of Ukraine, which was captured by soldiers of the Russian Federation in 2014.”
Two days ago Crimean Tatars blocked the delivery of food to Crimea, they are holding an open-ended campaign on food blockade of the peninsula. The intent to block the border with Crimea was earlier declared by the [Tatar] deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev.
Later other activists of Ukrainian organizations, including prohibited in Russia “Right Sector” joined in.
In Crimea the action was called meaningless. On the peninsula they are convinced the action on the other side of the border will have no effect on the supply of goods to Crimea.
“Crimea will not notice (the consequences of the blockade), and the action reminds me of the script of the cartoon “The Italian job” – where Mario was going to rob a bank, and warned everyone a week before. The purpose of the action to blockade Crimea, is probably exactly the same – to convey to their sponsors that at least something is being done to create a destructive situation at the border with the Republic of Crimea”, – the head of the Republic Sergey Aksenov told reporters.
According to Aksenov, he has not seen a more meaningless and stupid action. “In my opinion, the purpose of this action is to distract from their idleness the nationalists who will rest in tents on the border with the Crimea, have some vodka in the evening and so on”, – he noted and said that he intends to follow the show on TV screens.
According to him, the Crimeans were prepared for the food blockade – all retail stores have long established contracts with agricultural producers of Crimea and other regions of Russia. “The situation in Crimea is under control, food reserves have been created, the Kerch ferry runs like clockwork. There are no issues. We have been preparing for a while. Today at the markets we have Kursk and Tula potatoes. The process of import substitution was completed”, – said Aksenov.
The Kiev authorities, in turn, do not impede the blockade of the peninsula.