Oleg Tsarev: Ukrainian Permanent Representative in Crimea Will Gather Facts Against Russia

Translated by Ollie Richardson



Petro Poroshenko appointed a new permanent representative in Crimea. The expert of NSN suggested that he will “work” in the vicinity of Crimea, in the Kherson region.

The former Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleg Tsarev in a conversation with NSN expressed the opinion that the new permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea will gather facts against Russia for the preparation of a trial in the International Courts of Justice.

“I don’t know of such a person as Boris Babin. But, apparently, purely formally he is supposed to collect proof that Crimea is occupied and annexed. Within the framework of the processes that Ukraine is launching in the International Courts of Justice. In addition, there are constant questions about citizens of Ukraine traveling to Crimea. This, as it seems to me, is what he is supposed to be engaged in,” said the interlocutor of NSN.

According to Oleg Tsarev, for Kiev it is extremely important to create at least the appearance that Crimea administratively subordinated to Ukraine.

“As for the certain representative, it is very convenient for him to receive a rank, the status of an official. Perhaps there is a minimum budget for his activity. Plus, there is a secretary, a car, a driver,” noted the former Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Summarizing, the interlocutor of NSN assumed that Boris Babin, most likely, won’t visit the territory of Crimea – he will conduct his activity in the Kherson region.

As a reminder, the peninsula was a part of the Russian Federation following the results of a referendum that took place in March, 2014. Nearly 97% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and more than 95% of residents of Sevastopol voted for a reunion with Russia. Kiev, in turn, still hasn’t recognized the results of the referendum, considering the peninsula as its territory.

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