International group on Crimea return may be set up this year

International group on Crimea return may be set up this year

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This year, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine may approve the strategy of Crimea’s de-occupation, as well as the international group on the return of the peninsula under the Ukrainian control may be set up.

Political strategist Taras Berezovets said this in an interview with Krym.Realii portal.

"The strategy of the de-occupation of Crimea as an official document adopted by the National Security and Defense Council will appear in 2016. In addition, the strategy regarding the occupied territories will be elaborated," he said.

The expert cited the example of the Minsk Agreements, which appeared in response to the actions of Russia in the Ukrainian Donbas, and said that the similar contact group on the annexed Crimea might start to work.

"Russia flatly refuses to create such mechanisms on Crimea and it is clear that it will not create them. But I don’t rule out that there will be some kind of a contact group, even without the participation of the Russian Federation. It makes sense to involve, for example, the Baltic states, Turkey, as well as Georgia and Moldova – the countries that have suffered directly from Russia and the Russian aggression. This contact group is already starting to shape up. But I think that the most interested parties are Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who suffered territorial losses, and it makes sense for them to unite," Berezovets said.

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