Natalya Poklonskaya, Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, answered the first President of Ukraine, Kiev’s representative at the negotiations on Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, who announced his desire to visit Crimea. Her words lead RIA News…
The deputy stressed that she is ready to show the former Ukrainian leader Crimea, accompany him throughout the trip and answer all questions of interest.
In her opinion, the visit of the politician will be possible if he musters up political courage and coordinates the visit with the Russian side. “I respect his age and political experience, so I will be happy to meet with him,” the parliamentarian explained her proposal.
Poklonskaya noted that, first of all, she would show Kravchuk the North Crimean Canal, dried up from the actions of Ukraine. After that, she would organize a meeting with the Crimeans wherever he wants. “I would take him to a school where they study in the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages, so that he could see with his own eyes that there are no language restrictions in Crimea,” the deputy said.
Earlier, Kravchuk spoke about his desire to personally visit the peninsula and assess the situation with his own eyes. At the same time, he stressed that the visit is unlikely to bring him “great satisfaction.” “I don’t think that this trip could be positively assessed by the Russian side,” said Kravchuk.
Later, he clarified that there were no specific plans behind these words, he spoke about a possible future, when a trip to Crimea would again become possible. The politician believes that Ukraine and Russia someday “will not fight, they will not annex anything, but will simply live as civilized states and visit each other.” In the meantime, it is too early to plan a trip to Crimea, he concluded.