Sobchak talks around in circles to US audience


February 6, 2018 – FRN – 

RIA – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, speaking at the American Center for Strategic and International Studies during her visit to America, touched upon the issues of Crimea, and the “Kremlin list.”

Sobchak acknowledged that most Crimeans want to live in Russia and it won’t be possible to “just take it and give the Crimea back.” She also noted that the solution to the issue should occur through a referendum in both countries. What the issue is, it isn’t clear given the above.

Crimea joined the Russian Federation after a referendum held there in March 2014. More than 95% of the inhabitants of the peninsula voted, after an illegal government coup int the Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly stated that Crimea has become Russian in full accordance with international law and the UN Charter.

Sobchak also said the “Kremlin report” of the US Treasury is “a great start.”

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“I share your concern about what is happening in Russia,” she said, referring to this document. At the same time, Sobchak had previously said that the list was not entirely fair. 

The “Kremlin List”, published last week, is a list of people close to the Russian leadership, which may fall under new restrictive measures of Washington.

Vladimir Putin called the document “an unfriendly act,” which harms relations between Russia and the United States. At the same time, the head of state noted that Moscow is not interested in curtailing relations with Washington, so for the time being it will refrain from retaliatory steps and will monitor the development of the situation.

Sobchak also noted that the anti-Russian sanctions of the West will not lead to the collapse of the Russian economy. “Stagnation – but not a collapse, Russia’s economy is stronger, it’s not the Soviet economy anymore, of course, some rich people will suffer, but ordinary people will continue to live. In addition, they remember the 90’s when it was even worse, ” she said, hence encouraging the US sanctions. 

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