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Translated by Ollie Richardson

15:45:46
26/08/2016

Lenta

Vice-Premier of Crimea Ruslan Balbec spoke about Ukrainian politicians lining up to put a “knife in the back” of the country’s President Petro Poroshenko. He wrote this on Friday, August 26th, on Facebook.

Something has not worked this week for Poroshenko. He did not manage to declare a crusade against Crimea and Donbass, and then got a knife in the back from his own politicians,” wrote Balbec. He noted that he would not be surprised “if in the near future in front of the walls of the presidential administration there is the slogan [Petro, you are wrong about Crimea!]”

Finally Balbec commented on the statement by the representative of Ukraine in the work of the contact group on Donbass Viktor Medvedchuk. He stated that the Peninsula is de facto Russian territory and will not return under the control of the Ukrainian authorities.

According to Medvedchuk, Kiev pushed itself away from Crimeans when it announced the economic blockade and began to impede trade relations between the regions.

On 24th August, Ukraine’s first President Leonid Kravchuk recognised the affiliation of the Peninsula with Russia. “It is already part of the Russian Federal system. It is actually Russia,” said the former head of state.

Crimea became a part of Russia after the March 16th 2014 referendum in which the majority of voters of the Peninsula’s residents supported its entry into the structure of Russia. Kiev refused to recognize the results of the referendum. Moscow noted that the accession of the region conformed to the norms of international law.

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