"Pragmatic calculation": Foreign Minister Kuleba names three tactical tasks in issue of Crimea de-occupation
Ukraine is developing a concept of restoring control over the Russian-occupied Crimea, intending to implement a number of tasks in this regard, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba.
"I'm in a dialogue on the issue with our president's envoy for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anton Korinevych, and we are just developing a strategy, a concept, and a vision," Kuleba told Novoye Vremya.
The minister believes Ukraine must solve several tactical tasks, as well as a strategic one.
"Tactical Tasks: first, it's how we keep the occupied Crimea on a strategic agenda so that this issue is not forgotten. Second: it's how we ensure the effectiveness of the sanctions regime on Crimea. Third: it's what additional international instruments we can use to put pressure on Russia. Also, there are a few other ones. The strategic task is how Crimea will be returned to Ukraine. I'm absolutely convinced that this will happen. This is not a diplomatic fantasy, but a completely pragmatic calculation," said Kuleba.
He also assured that the Foreign Ministry team and other departments are constantly working toward this goal.
Earlier, Kuleba said that Ukraine was ready to talk with Ukrainians from the occupied Donbas but not with militants.