Oleg Nikolenko, an official representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, told RBC-Ukraine that the Russian Federation must fulfill its “obligations” with respect to the residents of Crimea.
The diplomat said that Russia “cannot prohibit the residents of Crimea and Donbass from communicating with the Ukrainian authorities,” therefore it is necessary to open border points of communication with Kiev.
Nikolenko also demanded that Moscow provide residents of the peninsula and Donbass with protection from the coronavirus and safe access of the OSCE monitoring mission to both regions.
In turn, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, recalled that the inhabitants of the peninsula had already “said everything they wanted,” and recommended that Kiev return the social benefits withheld from the residents of Donbass.
Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities expanded sanctions against the Russian Federation in connection with the organization of the September elections to the State Duma on the territory of Crimea. Another 237 people were included in the black list, most of them are members of election commissions.
We add that the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev wrote a book about relations with Ukraine, in which he called the contacts with the current Ukrainian authorities senseless.
Recall that Crimea became part of the Russian Federation after a referendum held in March 2014, the vast majority of the participants in which spoke in favor of reunification with Russia. Kiev still does not recognize the Russian peninsula. Moscow has repeatedly emphasized that the issue of Crimea’s ownership is finally closed.