State Duma deputy Natalya Poklonskaya in an interview with Vesti-Krym called the statement by Kiev about the “return” of Crimea to Ukraine “a shame on Ukrainian diplomacy.”
Earlier, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder noted that not a single Russian president would surrender Crimea. The answer to this was the proposal of the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andrei Melnyk to bet with Schroeder. He said that Kiev would certainly regain the peninsula.
“A clear demonstration of the attitude of the Ukrainian authorities towards people whom such” ambassadors “do not hesitate to play in a bet,” said Poklonskaya.
The parliamentarian turned to “Mr. Dealer” and recalled that “there is no Crimea card in the deck.” In addition, she warned of the consequences of trying to win a bet.
“Crimea is a subject of Russia, where one and a half million Crimeans live, ready to stand up for their homeland and kick one place for everyone who snoops on our land,” she concluded.
Crimea became the Russian region in March 2014 following a referendum held after the coup in Ukraine. For reunification with Russia, 96.77 percent of voters in the Republic of Crimea and 95.6 percent of residents of Sevastopol supported. Ukraine considers the peninsula its temporarily occupied territory. Russia has repeatedly stated that Crimeans made a decision in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter. According to Vladimir Putin, the circumstances under which the Crimea could return to Ukraine, “there will never be.”