The ex-president of Ukraine and the current representative of Kiev in the trilateral contact group on Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, can visit Crimea, since the peninsula is open for everyone who wants to objectively assess the situation there, said the head of the Crimean parliament’s committee on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuri Gempel.
He expressed confidence that after visiting Crimea it would be difficult for Kravchuk not to admit that local residents made the right decision in 2014 to return to Russia, RIA Novosti reports.
Gempel noted that in the event of Kravchuk’s visit, Crimea is ready to receive him at the official level. In this case, he needs to coordinate his trip with the Russian Foreign Ministry. He added that the main thing is that the former Ukrainian leader “has enough political courage and wisdom to recognize the cardinal changes and transformations in the Russian Crimea.”
Earlier, Kravchuk spoke about his desire to visit Crimea in order to personally assess the situation in the region. At the same time, he added that such a trip would hardly have brought him “great satisfaction.”