Ukraine to restore its sovereignty but without Crimea - Merkel
Angela Merkel commented on Minsk agreement implementation after Norman format peace talks on Ukraine crisis held in Paris
Ukraine can expect to resume its territorial integrity except the Crimea, Angela Merkel said. Such a commentary German Chancellor gave at the press-conference after the Norman Quartet meeting on crisis in Ukraine in Paris October 2, Reuters reports.
Replying to a question whether there is a connection between Syrian and Ukrainian crises regarding Russia`s participation in both, Angela Merkel said that western community see them as two different problems.
"These issues have nothing to do with each other. Ukraine quite rightly expects that its territorial integrity is respected, perhaps not with regard to Crimea, but for the rest of the country," Merkel said after a meeting with the leaders of France, Russia and Ukraine in Paris.
The claim of German Chancellor provoked ambiguious interpretations within Ukrainian and Russian media. For example, the head of Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Aleksei Pushkov wrote on his Twitter page that German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time admitted the option of retaining the Crimea with Russia, Uainfo reports.
"Important: after meeting in Paris, Merkel for the first time admitted that Crimea will not return to Ukraine. Thus, the crisis is limited only to the east of the country," said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine clarified that words of the head of the German government are misunderstood as they do not mean the recognition of Russian annexation of the peninsula. In the ministry emphasized that Minsk agreements do not relate to Crimea in any way, because that issue is nothing to discuss.
"The annexation of Crimea is a flagrant violation of international law and the UN Charter and, in contrast to the Russian aggression in Donbas, Russia annexed the territory as Putin admitted it was a special operation of the Russian troops. So there no bargaining about "self-determination" can be, because first there was the military occupation of Russian army regular units, and only after the so-called "referendum. [Moreover - ed.] Russians in Crimea do not have a right to "self-determination", since the provision of the United Nations concerns only indigenous peoples who have not their own country," said in a statement.
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