Ukraine should reply to Russia's offer on returning the out-of-commission vehicles from Crimea. According to Dmitriy Peskov, the press secretary of Russian president Vladimir Putin, the offer is official.
'Of course, there may be official documents, diplomatic notes, various messages, but it is extremely hard not to consider the president's official statement as an official offer,' he said.
Peskov added there is so far no certain information whether the sides exchanged any documents on the issue.
Previously, Russia said it was ready to return to Ukraine the old military vehicles based in Crimea. Russian president Vladimir Putin said that at a press conference with Russian media.
‘We’re ready to carry on with this process: we’re ready to give Ukraine back the combat vessels, aviation, and armored vehicles from Crimea. These vehicles – dozens of ships and combat aircraft – are in terrible conditions. There is also a lot of ammunition; but, according to our military experts, it cannot be transported – it should be destroyed at once. We’re ready to invite Ukrainian experts so that they can utilize this ammunition’, he said.
In 2014, Russia said it would pass Ukraine 350 firearms and military vehicles within the asset inventory in Crimea. It appeared to be basically Soviet vehicles of the 1970s; the Russian government said it could not be used in the regular Russian army.