Ukraine says return of Crimea a must for mending ties with Russia

No normalization of ties between Ukraine and Russia is likely unless the region of Crimea, now under Russian control, is returned to Kiev’s sovereignty, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Tuesday.

 

Klimkin, on the second day of his two-day trip to Japan, also said the border between Ukraine and Russia needed to be completely closed to achieve any settlement to the armed conflict between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

 

He reiterated his government’s stance as a ceasefire deal, reached last month in Minsk, is broadly holding on the front line, but fighters in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk are training for another round of clashes against government troops.

 

“There could be no slightest way of normalizing or getting back to business in the relations between Ukraine and Russia without returning to status quo and establishing full Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea,” Klimkin told reporters in Tokyo.

 

Read More: Ukraine says return of Crimea a must for mending ties with Russia | Reuters

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