Dmitry Belik (center)
Moscow will not negotiate with Kiev on the possibility of changes in the Russian status of Crimea and Sevastopol, said state Duma Deputy Dmitry Belik. His words leads RIA Novosti on Monday, January 30.
“No bargaining, there can be. Sevastopol is the city, where he started the “Russian spring”. More than 200 years, this Russian Outpost on the Black sea. He does not change and is not for sale,” said Belik, commenting on the statement by the Ukrainian General, who offered to temporarily “leave” Sevastopol Russia to return the Crimea.
The MP called the attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to negotiate over the return of Crimea and Sevastopol “shouting into the void”. He also stressed that Kiev time to listen to the opinions of the residents.
“If you would like to have at least some authority in Sevastopol, Kiev officials did not cost the “fronting” of the blockade of the Peninsula and the organization of sabotage against the civilian population”, — said the Deputy.
Senator from Crimea Olga Cowicide also criticized the statement of the Ukrainian General. “Such statements are made by a small mind. We’d like to remind the Ukrainian representatives that the Crimea — is not a bit of fat, which can be divided, cut off a piece or to give a piece to someone else,” she said in an interview with Federal news Agency.
Earlier on Monday, former Deputy chief of the General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Yuriy Dumansky said that Kiev needs to “leave” Russia Sevastopol black sea fleet base in order to regain the Peninsula.
Crimea reunited with Russia in March 2014 following a referendum. Kiev does not recognize the results of the plebiscite. In Moscow insist that the procedure is fully consistent with the norms of international law. The Russian authorities also repeatedly stressed that the question of ownership of the Peninsula is closed.