Europe should focus on finding a political solution to the conflict in the Donbass and to refrain from discussions on the status of Crimea. This was stated by the coordinator of the Cabinet of Germany for German-Russian intersocietal cooperation Gernot Erler.
“The European consensus provides that first you need to concentrate on a political solution to the bloody conflict in the East of Ukraine, — TASS quoted the statement of policy. And the Crimean issue should be put on the agenda only in the subsequent political process.”
Thus Erler commented on the statement of leader of the Free democratic party of Germany, Christian Lindner. Earlier, the head of the FDP encouraged to temporarily forget about the conflict around the Crimea and called for the easing of anti-Russian sanctions in the case of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Crimea became part of Russia after the Peninsula in the spring of 2014 referendum. According to its results 96.77 percent residents of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russia.