Russia not to join negotiation group on Crimea's de-occupation, - Foreign Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

The group is supposed to keep Crimea on the international agenda, provide common policy of non-recognition of annexation of Crimea by Russia and contribute to human rights protection in the occupied peninsula
20:23, 14 July 2020

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed that the international negotiation group for the de-occupation of Crimea will not include Russia's representatives. He said so in an interview with Segodnya outlet.

"We've got to be honest, and say that Russia will not join this format. We've got to create a platform that is supposed to achieve three goals. The first is to keep Crimea on the international agenda. The second will let us coordinate the efforts of the maximum number of participants, provide the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea, and the sanctions policy against Russia due to that. The third goal is to protect human rights in the occupied peninsula", Kuleba said.

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He also said it was a mistake for Ukraine not to create such a negotiation playground immediately after the occupation of Crimea. This is why, he said, it was difficult to work on the creation of such a playground.

Russia annexed Crimea after the victory of the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine, and the escape of the-then President Yanukovych in February 2014.

Related: 45 people currently missing in temporarily occupied Crimea

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