Ksenia Sobchak, the candidate for the presidency in Russia spoke on her view of the settlement of Donbas Conflict and destiny of annexed Crimea during the video-conference with the Ukrainian journalists broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
Sobchak commented on the possibility to hold the independent referendum in Crimea and its return to Ukraine.
‘My main goal for today is to bring down the existing regime in Russia through the elections, possibility of people to participate in the elections and show Putin that we do not want to live in the system of the changeless power that exists. What is the return of Crimea? How do you see the return of two millions of people? I do not see how to do it. I think it is the unreal story’.
Sobchak claimed on the necessity to quest for a compromise between Russia and Ukraine, including the Crimean issue.
‘We cannot just return everything back. I do not see another way. Russia says: Crimea is not our and we leave Donbas. What is going to be next? Then the civil war will take place. It is obvious. Because we can treat citizens of Crimea this way as they are the ball in the game. Today they are our, the next day they are not’, she said.
‘I think that there is a good compromise and it is an international referendum with a few questions such as whether Crimea wants to be independent or not; whether it wants to be a part of Russia or not; whether it wants to be a part of Ukraine or not and so on. It is not the best solution but the only possible. The best variant was to not interfere anywhere’, Sobchak added.
Also, she spoke on the Donbas Conflict and claimed on the inadmissibility of the real and judicial involvement in the conflict.
‘Yes, I think that Russia should not participate in this conflict in any way. Moreover, I think that the conflict was provoked by Russia. Russia should do all possible to return the peace to Donetsk, the presence of the Russians there and withdraw them. Ukraine is the independent neighboring state that can solve such problems by itself moreover when these problems were stoked outside the country’, she noted.
Earlier Sobchak claimed that a new independent referendum should take place in annexed Crimea. According to her, Crimea is a part of Ukraine in legal terms.