Ukraine to reduce number of checkpoints with Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

There will be three checkpoints instead of two
16:08, 6 September 2017

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The Presidential office in the annexed Crimea supports the reduction of checkpoints to the peninsula from three to two. This was announced by the permanent representative of the President in Crimea, Borys Babin, at the session of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs, reports Ukrainian News agency.

"Why do we keep two checkpoints - Kalanchak and Chaplinka - at a distance of several kilometers from each other just because Russians did like that? I think that based on national security and there is an understanding in the security forces, there should be one checkpoint,"he said.

Director of the Department on Crimea of the Ministry of the Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Person Serhiy Mokrenyuk said that the project for the construction of checkpoints in Crimea is currently in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

"Concerning the proposals for the liquidation of the, - there are some comments that if we narrow the entry-exit possibilities, there can be provocations from Russian side," he said.

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At the same time, Babin believes that the Chaplinka checkpoint should be closed.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine’s ministry intended to reconstruct checkpoints at Crimean border. "Chongar" and "Kalanchak" reconstruction project was approved by First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv.

Related: Ukraine, Moldova open joint checkpoint in Odesa region

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