Czech President Milos Zeman has offered Kiev to try to get compensation from Russia over the Crimea. This idea the head of the Czech Republic announced in his speech at the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Zeman was asked about how the international community can force Russia to stop "policy of repression and violation of human rights on the Crimean Peninsula." In response, the President of the Czech Republic quoted the statement of the former German President Joachim gauck: "the return of Crimea would mean a war with Russia, war with Russia, no one wants".
"I'm just quoting [gauck]. So whether you want to take the risk of a European war?" asked Zeman to the deputies of the PACE. The head of the Czech Republic also emphasized that the annexation of Crimea to Russia a fait accompli.
"If between Russia and Ukraine there was a dialogue, I think — and this is only my point of view — what could have been an attempt to make Russia a kind of compensation for the Crimea in financial form or another — I mean the supply of oil and gas", — said the President of the Czech Republic. Zeman added that the main task is to compensate for Ukraine's loss of the Crimean Peninsula, and thus to avoid war in Europe.
In his speech at the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe the Czech President also raised the issue of anti-Russian sanctions. "Just today in the German newspaper Die Welt published an article which describes the loss of EU sanctions [against Russia], which in this case is not applied in Russia practically no damage," said Zeman, concluding that the current strategy of the EU towards Russia is unprofitable to both parties.
Instead of sanctions, the head of the Czech Republic offers to build a dialogue at all levels. "We need to arrange the exchange of students, tourists, businessmen, politicians and so forth, because only this will help to change the policies of States that we perceive as undemocratic," says the politician.
The Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Andrei Klimov commented on the idea of the President of the Czech Republic on the Moscow pay compensation to Ukraine for Crimea. "Crimea is part of Russia. So can get to the fact that the Kaliningrad region someone doesn't like it, then someone on Sakhalin will start to ask questions and so on.
Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Constitution — the Russian regions. They became such by the will of the people expressed at the referendum in accordance with the principles of international law", — said Klimov told RT.
According to the Senator, the only way for Ukraine out of the situation — "to recognize objective reality and due to the mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia in the future to have some bonuses from such cooperation, and not from something else".
Wednesday, 11 October, plenary session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg will be attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. In the framework of his working visit to France, the Ukrainian leader will meet with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.
In mid-September, Petro Poroshenko made a proposal to create a group "friends of de-occupation of Crimea" to coordinate "joint steps and actions." The initiative Poroshenko immediately commented on the authorities of the Peninsula. The head of the Republic Sergey Aksenov proposed to create a "Club of friends of the de-occupation of Ukraine".
"Counter-offer: to create an international "Club and friends of the de-occupation of Ukraine". With the invitation of representatives of Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia", — wrote Aksenov in Facebook. Then the head of the Crimea also called Poroshenko "international provocateur", which is "poisoning the atmosphere of international relations".
Crimea joined the Russian Federation following a referendum in March 2014. More than 96% of voters with a turnout of 83.1% supported the initiative on reunification with Russia. March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin, an agreement was signed between the Republic of Crimea, city of Sevastopol and the Russian Federation on the inclusion of the last two new entities.
Kiev did not recognize the results of the referendum and the annexation of Crimea by Russia considers annexation. The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that the question of supplies of Crimea is closed completely.