PA’s response to Pinchuk’s article: Ukraine doesn’t intend to trade in Crimea

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The refusal from the Euro-Atlantic and European integration would be a surrender of independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

Presidential Administration Head Kostiantyn Yeliseyev in such a way commented on Victor Pinchuk’s opinion that Ukraine must give up Crimea, aspirations for NATO and EU membership in exchange for Peace in Donbas, which was published in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on December 30.

“I agree with his [Pinchuk’s] noble appeal for peace in Donbas (eastern Ukraine) but cannot agree with the appeal for compromises based on worries. Fear and weakness are bad advisers. They play into Russia’s appetites, invite even more aggression and greater human suffering,” Yeliseyev said.

He added that “reversal” in European and Euro-Atlantic integration would mean “a surrender of independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

“No trade in the territory of Ukraine, be it Donbas or Crimea. These territories cannot be part of a trade-off for peace,” he noted.

The head of the Presidential Administration says Ukraine must not be weak and must not agree on the Kremlin conditions.

“No elections in Donbas with Russian boots on Ukraine’s soil. Ukraine stands for local elections there, but only based on Ukraine’s law and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe standards. The Kremlin would definitely like to legalize its hybrid occupation and puppet regimes in Donbas by Ukrainian hands. No one should fall into this trap,” Yeliseyev stressed.

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