The first president of Ukraine, who is now the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, said that he was not against personally visiting the Russian Crimea.
In an interview with the Crimean TV channel "Crimea 24", the ex-president of Ukraine shared his memories of the 1991 referendum on the status of the peninsula, which at that time was the Crimean region within the Ukrainian SSR. Kravchuk said that in 1990, being at that time a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR and a member of the Central Committee of the CPSU, he went to Crimea and managed to prevent the issue of denouncing the 1954 treaty and the transformation of Crimea into a Russian region back in 1991 to a referendum.
When asked by correspondents about the desire to personally visit the peninsula and look at the changes that have taken place with him after returning to Russia in 2014, Kravchuk agreed, but immediately warned that this trip would not bring him satisfaction. Moreover, according to him, the Russian side "will not appreciate" his trip.
You know I would like to. But now I travel very little far. Given the current situation in Crimea, I do not think that this trip of mine will bring me much satisfaction. I don't think that this trip could be positively assessed by the Russian side.
- he said.
Earlier, Kravchuk announced the need for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on the Crimea to begin the settlement of the conflict.