The question of ownership of the Crimea is adiscussion and undeniable – so in the Kremlin responded to the appeal by Nadezhda Savchenko’s forget about Crimea “for a time” to “pick Donbass”. This statement can hardly be considered just another extravagant trick novice politician. In Ukraine about the need to accept the loss of Crimea began to talk and more serious players.
Ukrainian pilot and now MP, Nadiya Savchenko, was sentenced in Russia for the murder of Russian journalists, has called MPs to abandon the Crimea.
“Savchenko voiced what in the sidelines of the talks of the representatives of the Ukrainian establishment”
According to her, this will be the solution to the disagreement with the Donbas. “No matter how much shouting or tore their shirts some MPs… they need to abandon the Crimea”, – said Savchenko, who was quoted by the portal 112.ua.
At the same time, she made the proviso that to abandon the Crimea have alleged “for some time”. “Crimea is another Transnistria. Not to make another Transnistria and Donbass, they (the Ukrainian authorities – approx. OPINION) will leave the occupied Crimea and Donbass will be taken. Another peaceful way, I do not see. In fact, I see is the military way (…). It’s not two weeks not two months, but this is war,” – said Savchenko.
“The best option”, in her opinion, would be the negotiations between Russia and the West, which did not participate to Ukraine, as the country has no political independence.
In Moscow reacted to the statement Savchenko. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov reminded that Russia does not intend to discuss the issue of Crimea, it “is absolutely rediscussion and undeniable”. Peskov also said that Moscow is trying by all means to facilitate the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, but Kiev itself refuses Donbass, spending an absolute blockade of the region in terms of social obligations, pensions, and infrastructure. “Russia, as a guarantor makes every effort to influence parties to the conflict”, – said Peskov.
We will remind, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has said repeatedly that the question of territorial belonging of the Peninsula is not subject to revision. “The people of Crimea took a decision voted. The issue historically is closed. Return to the old system, there is generally no” – he stressed. In addition, Putin made a number of statements that Russia is not a party to the conflict in the Donbas, where Kiev authorities launched a special operation against its own people.
“Savchenko’s statement is worthy of respect”
The Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov in comments to the newspaper OPINION noted that Savchenko’s statement is worthy of respect.
“Even in Russian liberal circles, not all recognize the legitimacy of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. And for the Ukrainian political space, the infected jingoistic sentiments, to hear such a statement is particularly valuable”, – said the MP.
According to the MP, this means that in Ukraine are beginning to get the stirrings of rational thought. “Apparently, such sentiments are present among parts of the Ukrainian elite, but they do not tend to advertise them. I believe Savchenko voiced what in the sidelines of the talks of the representatives of the Ukrainian establishment” – said Kalashnikov.
The MP also said that Russia’s position on Crimea and Donbass remains the same: Russia calls for the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Donbass and recognize results of the referendum on the reunification of the Crimea with Russia.
In the footsteps of Pinchuk and Kissinger
Ukrainian political scientist, Director of the Institute of policy analysis and management Ruslan Bortnik pointed out in comments the newspaper VIEW that Savchenko to some extent repeated what had previously said the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk – the son of ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma (now representing Kiev at talks in Minsk on).
We will remind, in the end of last year in The Wall Street Journal was published which caused a noise article signed by Pinchuk, which stated: for the sake of peace with Russia, Ukraine needs to sacrifice Crimea. Crimea “should not stand in the way of the deal” with Russia, said Pinchuk. The oligarch said that the need to abandon the Crimea and to freeze the conflict in the Donbass. However, he did “Patriotic” reverence: after 15-20 years of Crimeans want to return to the Ukraine, when the country’s economy “will generate sufficient economic growth” (as “the people of East Germany wanted to become part of West Germany”). He called for compromise to save thousands of lives and show “Ukraine’s commitment to peaceful reunification.”
After the article Pinchuk criticized politicians and journalists. Thus, Verkhovna Rada Deputy Ihor Mosiychuk was admitted said in his Facebook that the idea of the oligarchy are “capitulating to Moscow.” He also urged to immediately withdraw from the Minsk negotiations, “father-in-law Pinchuk, Leonid Kuchma”. The same was declared by the leader of the banned in Russia “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people,” Refat Chubarov. In his Facebook he noted that the proposals Pinchuk’s not “painful compromise” and “capitulation”, and “total, samounichtozhitsya”, after which “Ukraine will simply cease to exist as an independent state”.
Bortnik said that the possibility of compromise not just talking Savchenko and Pinchuk, but a number of “heavyweights” – in particular, former U.S. Secretary of state Henry Kissinger and his former Advisor Thomas Graham, who, perhaps, will become the new United States Ambassador to Russia.
“First of all, Savchenko is trying to position himself as a politician and an alternative bridge for dialogue between the West, Ukraine, Moscow and the Donbass. This statement fits in with the logic of its previous political steps that the DNI and the LC visit and meeting with Zakharchenko and Carpentry,” says Bortnik.
“The only politicians who genuinely thinks”
The political scientist, member of the Council for interethnic relations under the President of Russia Bogdan Bezpalko, in turn, believes that Savchenko’s statement undoubtedly reflects some of the sentiments in the Ukrainian society. But if we talk about the household level, these sentiments, according to Bezpalko, expressed somewhat broader: many are already calling to accept the loss of not only Crimea, but the Donbass, as Ukrainization of Donbas is very difficult.
“Savchenko makes such statements just to attract attention. Just like earlier, she met with Zakharchenko and Carpentry, the other with representatives of the republics, which Ukraine officially considered terrorist organizations,” Bezpalko said the newspaper VIEW. However, he said, is now really the reintegration of Donbass in the Ukraine is unlikely. “Such proposals were relevant to the outbreak of hostilities. Passed 1000 days of war, killed a lot of children, soldiers, civilians. Not really relevant to talk about the reintegration of Donbass in exchange for the abandonment of the Crimea. The more that Savchenko and Pinchuk are calling for more “temporarily postpone” the issue of Crimea, than to recognize it as Russian”, – he explained.
The political scientist believes that Savchenko just attracts attention. “It creates an independent political force, looking for supporters, sponsors. Such statements allow her to stay in the spotlight. However, without experience, education, and Finance it is difficult to stay afloat. So it was just shocking the audience”, – says the analyst. However Bezpalko does not exclude that she could count and quite sincerely. “Of all Ukrainian politicians, and it’s the only one who thinks sincerely. If she was called to kill someone, she did. Now she calls to forget about the return of the Crimea, and, apparently, also sincere,” he explained.
“The goal in 2017 is to reach the border of Donbass and Crimea”
Meanwhile, from the official circles of Kiev, there are calls not to reconciliation. The Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov during the Board of the state border service said that Ukraine should return to the Donbass this year. “In 2017 the challenge will be to reach an internationally recognized state border of Donbass, but in the future — and Crimea. This process will be to engage the police guards, judicial authorities, but first leaving the border,” – quoted by his press service of the interior Ministry.
According to Avakov, the guards must take the state border under full control. “It’s not my propaganda statement or some fixed idea, – said Avakov. Is the reality that we will soon have to face, and the state relies on your willingness to take decisive action and will to bring this process.”
He added that the whole process of taking the border after the development of the plan and the establishment of the task should take no more than two weeks.