President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that newly elected US President Joe Biden can strengthen negotiations in the Normandy format, and the US can help Ukraine in the reintegration of Donbas and the de-occupation of Crimea. Zelensky said this in an interview with The New York Times, the text of which is published on the website of the head of state.
“I believe that President Biden could strengthen our negotiations in the Normandy format, again because he understands the issue of Ukraine and Russia well. Secondly, he spoke about security in Europe, and thirdly, we believe it’s not enough to say simply about the end of the war. And then what to do? We need the reintegration of Donbas. And to reintegrate Donbas, we need strong companies, strong technologies, security, and money. And here, I believe, we cannot cope on our own. And we see a free economic zone on the territory of Donbas, so that there are certain preferences for business to enter. And here the United States could play a key role," Zelensky said.
According to him, the United States today is the guarantor of security in the world, a serious strategic player, and the influence of this country could accelerate the outcome of the war in Donbas and bring closer the beginning of the region's reintegration.
In addition, according to the president, Ukraine definitely cannot do without the United States on the issue of Crimea, which is not on the agenda of the Normandy format and the Minsk agreements.
"For six years this issue has been in the air, and indeed, Europe and the United States did their best optionally, but the appropriate union of states, the union of leaders, should take steps towards de-occupation, which will determine the map of all steps to de-occupy the Crimean peninsula," he added.
As we reported earlier, president Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine would create the Crimean Platform to protect the rights of Crimean citizens and de-occupy the peninsula.
The United States claimed its readiness to provide help with creating the Crimean Platform initiated by Ukraine.