President Petro Poroshenko stresses that Crimea is still among his main priorities. “I want to say that my first priority, immediately after the elections, will be the Crimean issue. I thank Crimeans very much. I thank the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, I thank Mustafa Dzhemilev, Akhtem Chiygoz, Refat Chubarov who supported me. And for me, this question is fundamental,” the Head of State said in an interview to Ukrainian TV channels.
“We are not going to trade Crimea, as someone does. We are not going to say that Crimea is something to be addressed later. Crimea will be one of the first items on the agenda,” the President said.
According to him, we have a multinational platform for the de-occupation of Crimea. “And many countries are the participants in this platform. It was created, inter alia, in the format of the UN General Assembly. And it has a number of directions,” he added.
The President stressed that the first direction is sanctions: “Do not believe the one who says that sanctions are inefficient. Sanctions on Crimea, Donbas sanctions, sanctions for the Kerch Strait, sanctions, sanctions … This is the price Russia pays for the aggression against Ukraine”.
He noted that according to Bloomberg, the losses of the Russian economy amounted to 150 billion dollars, more than 10% of GDP of Russia. Sharp decline in living standards.
Petro Poroshenko stresses that Ukraine will achieve the return of its territories through sanctions, court decisions, the UN International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the position of protecting investments and Russia paying huge, multibillion-dollar fines for seizing foreign investments. “And the coordination group set up in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukrainian Government, which clearly, step by step, attacks Russia’s position, motivating it to liberate Crimea,” he said.