State Duma Deputy from the Crimea Ruslan Balbec in conversation with RT commented on the statement by the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry of Ukraine Ekaterina Zelenko’s readiness to negotiate “the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty” over the Crimea.
RIA Novosti”This is a deliberate attempt to create a tense situation in the light of statements about the meeting in the Normandy format in order to wait for from Russia some angry response and start to pull the nerves to the rest of the participants of the Normandy Quartet. But we the topic of Crimea is closed and is not going to discuss it or to resent,” he said.
Earlier, the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry of Ukraine said about the readiness of Kiev to negotiate “the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty” over the Crimea.
She noted the willingness for negotiations in the Normandy format, aimed at restoring the country’s sovereignty over the “Russia-occupied parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions”.
Crimea became a Russian region after the referendum in 2014 in which the majority of respondents were in favour of reunification with Russia.