Oleg Tsarev: The Crimean Initiative of the Czech President Miloš Zeman Is Nothing New

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman, after the former German chancellor Joachim Gauck, stated that attempts to return Crimea to Ukraine will lead to a war in Europe. He emphasized that the accession of the peninsula to Russia is an accomplished fact, and Kiev in this situation could try to receive compensation from Moscow.

The former Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleg Tsarev in a conversation with NSN stated that such proposals aren’t original, and are unlikely to be realized.

“In principle, this is not a new statement. The Deputy Igor Artyushenko  – connected with the American leadership – said that he had a proposal that was allegedly coordinated with the US authorities. The idea was to give Crimea a long-term lease of fifty or a hundred years, and after this term a referendum on ownership of Crimea must be held. Actually the same thing sounds also now,” assured Tsarev.

Then, as a reminder, the Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov gave a sharply negative assessment of this idea. And the reaction in Ukraine was so negative that Artyushenko was deprived of both a Deputy’s mandate and Ukrainian nationality.

In addition, the President of the Czech Republic repeatedly made statements that didn’t always suit the European lobby.

“It is unlikely that Ukraine will react positively. But in fact, Crimea is the subject of the conflict, an ‘apple of discord’ between Ukraine and Russia. This situation will continue while Ukraine remains as a State. There is an opportunity to exit from this conflict, it is necessary to re-establish Ukraine as a new State: with new borders, with a new Constitution. Such a situation can develop with a fall in living standards or with the next coup. This process will have a spontaneous character, and nobody will ask anyone,” assumes Oleg Tsarev.

Earlier the German chancellor Angela Merkel, commenting on the question of ownership of Crimea, drew a parallel with the story of the reunification of Germany.

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Crimea returned to the structure of Russia after the referendum held on the peninsula in March, 2014, in which the vast majority of its inhabitants supported a reunion with Russia.

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