European sanctions against Russia do not bring the desired result, and Crimea is unlikely to return to Ukraine. This was stated by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in an interview with the German newspaper Welt, RIA Novosti reports.
“Sanctions have not yet yielded the desired results. First of all, we must help Ukraine in the conflict with Russia and then normalize relations with Russia and put an end to the conflict,” the agency quoted the politician as saying.
“Unfortunately, this hope is probably unrealistic. But this does not mean that we need to ease the pressure on Russia,” he said when asked about the possible return of the Crimea peninsula to Ukraine.
Also in this interview, Babish touched on the topic of refugees from the Middle East: he pointed to the fact that countries with influence in the region, namely Iran, the United States, and Russia, were not affected by the migration crisis in any way.
Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum on March 2014. The majority of residents were in favor of joining the Russian Federation. Ukrainian authorities and most countries of the world, including the United States, do not recognize its results, accusing the Russian side of illegal seizure of territory. Moscow rejects all accusations and stresses that the vote was held in compliance with all international norms.