Zelensky's envoy voices options for negotiations on Crimea return

15:40, 30 July 2019
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The Ukrainian president's permanent envoy to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korinevych has said for the return of occupied Crimea, Ukraine must initiate a new international platform for negotiations, to which it would be possible to involve participants in the Normandy format and the Budapest Memorandum.

In an interview with the Segodnya newspaper, he recalled there were the Minsk process and the Normandy format in place in relation to Donbas, even despite their low efficiency. At the same time, there has not yet been such a platform or format in relation to Crimea, and this is due primarily to the fact that Russia even refuses to consider the issue.

"I think sooner or later, it would be better, of course, if it was sooner, we will come to the fact that we must initiate an international platform for negotiations on Crimea. With the participation of the occupation state or, perhaps, initially without the participation of the occupation state, but it should be there. That is, as I said at the beginning, we need to keep Crimea on the agenda of the international community," Korinevych said.

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"Yes, it is great to have resolutions of the UN General Assembly on the situation in temporarily occupied Crimea. Yes, it is very good to have resolutions of PACE and other international organizations. But, if we can go further and create this platform at the international level, we are ready to take an active part in this. Now there is no single recipe. Will it be Budapest+? Maybe, yes, because these states have guaranteed our security. Will it be Normandy+? Maybe, because these states are already involved in resolving the situation in Donbas. Plus Turkey, or a more pro-active U.S. involvement. This can be discussed. But first, Ukraine needs to come up with such an initiative," he added.

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