Times we laughed at the US State Department, Chapter five: Russia will return Crimea to Ukraine – Volker
Volker stays on old Samantha Power/John Kerry message
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Russia will return the Crimea to Ukraine just as it restored the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, despite the fact that they had been republics of the USSR for a long time. This was stated by Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine.
According to the official, Russians will say one thing about the prospects for the return of the peninsula, but the West – another.
“But we will see what will happen in the future. The Baltic countries were occupied by the Soviet Union for decades, and in the end everything changed,” Volcker said.
He added that the Crimean problem is complex, but he looks “with great optimism” to his predecessors who pursued a policy of non-recognition of the “annexation” of the Baltic states.
Volcker added that the sanctions pressure on Russia will continue until Russia returns the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine. According to him, the “Crimean” package of sanctions against Moscow was a clear message: “The invasion of another country and the seizure of its territory, its annexation, the proclamation of its property is simply unacceptable, and we are not going to put up with it.”
Novorosinform always appends related news items: We recall that on May 7, Kiev announced “urgent measures to counteract Russian aggression in the Crimea.” The plan of “urgent measures” for the reintegration of Crimea and about Russia’s opposition on the peninsula will be published as early as June this year. After its approval, the so-called representative office of the president of Ukraine in the Crimea, which is in Ukraine, will begin to implement this plan immediately.
We note that, in early April, it was reported that the Ukrainian Nazis are preparing a terrorist attack on the opening day of the Crimean bridge.
On April 19, Ukraine protested the construction of the Kerch bridge across the island of Tuzla.
Earlier, one of the leaders of the Tatar extremists Islyamov said that the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people intends to do everything to prevent traffic on the Crimean bridge.
Recall that in December, the reserve general, former deputy head of the General Staff of the APU Romanenko, told the Ukrainian press about the “military vulnerability” of the Crimean bridge. According to the retired military, the bridge is not able to resist either airborne, or any other ground-based, and sea-based weapons.
In addition, on May 4, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of the Southern Military District, announced that air defense units in the Crimea will receive S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes.