State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbek responded to the statement of Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov about Kiev’s plans to deport Russians after Crimea’s “return” to the country. It is reported by RIA News…
Balbek called Reznikov’s words “another dance with sabers.” He noted that Crimea is not Ukrainian and will never become one. At the same time, the deputy stressed that even Western countries no longer believe in Kiev’s “nonsense” about the “return” of the peninsula to Ukraine.
The West “wanted to spit from a high mountain” on such plans of Kiev, the parliamentarian summed up. He also added that the Western countries themselves were only enough to impose sanctions and express concern.
Earlier, a member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Sergei Tsekov, commenting on the words of the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, said that his words about plans to deport half a million Russians from Crimea were primitive inventions for flirting with nationalists.
On July 10, Reznikov said that after Ukraine regains Crimea, 500,000 Russians will be deported from there. “If the citizens did not get to Crimea through Chongar, Kalanchak or Chaplinka, then they are illegally in that territory,” Reznikov said. The Deputy Prime Minister said that the Ukrainian government has several points of view on this issue, but he called himself a supporter of the “expulsion” procedure.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of those who voted in the region supported such a decision. Ukraine, the countries of the European Union and the United States refused to recognize the results of the vote and called the reunification of Crimea with mainland Russia an annexation. Moscow denies these accusations and insists that the accession procedure was in accordance with international law.