Menyailo: “Ukraine Contact Group in Crimea Is Pointless”


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

15th January, 2016


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The Governor of Sevastopol Sergey Menyailo believes the creation of the Ukraine international contact group in order to return Crimea is pointless.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced plans in order to “return Crimea”, using an international mechanism in the form of “Geneva Plus”, which will include partners from the EU, USA and perhaps the countries signatories of the Budapest Memorandum on security assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (it was signed by Ukraine, USA, Russia and UK).

“It was smooth on paper… This gentlemen from Kiev and company can create any coalition, any agreements in the format of “Geneva plus, Geneva plus two”, “Geneva new generation.” But all their decisions on Crimea will end at the border with Russia,” said Menyailo in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Crimea and Sevastopol became a part of Russia following the results of the March referendum in 2014. Reunification with Russia was supported by 96,77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol. Ukrainian authorities and Western countries have refused to accept the will of the people and have imposed sanctions in the region.

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