Return of Sevastopol to Russia is not Real: Russian, Ukrainian Experts
Azerbaijan, Baku, 26 May / corr. Trend A. Gasimova/ The question raised by Moscow on return of the Ukrainian Sevastopol where the Black Sea Fleet of Russia is located, is not real, experts believe. "The talks that Russia will take the issue on return of Sevastopol seriously are some kind of PR," Vladimir Pribilovski, the political expert of Russia said.
The chairman of the Council of Federation Sergey Mironov does not rule out that Russia can raise the issue of return of Sevastopol, RBK reported on 26 May. Commenting on the statement of the Ukrainian President Victor Yushenko that the Black Sea Fleet of Russia should quit Sevastopol by 2017, Mironov said to media that he will instruct appropriate committees of the Council of Federation 'to think of the expediency of developing Bill on the Black Sea Fleet of Russia'. He said that there are some aspects demanding the solution of the questions regarding the Russian Black Sea Fleet in line with the legislation.
"The talks about the return of Sevastopol are PR by Mironov as it was PR by Lujkov in one's time," Pribilovski, the Director of the Panorama analytical agency said to Trend on a telephone from Moscow on 26 May. According to expert, such statements will further aggravate relations between Russia and Ukraine.
"All these will end up with Ukraine's imposing ban on Mironov's entry to the country, and on its part, Russia's also imposing ban of the entry of Ukrainian ministers to its territory," added Pribilovski.
According to the Ukrainian expert Andrey Yermolayev, the return of Sevastopol to Russia is impossible. "Any reconsideration of the issue of the settlements within Ukraine's territory is not real, Sevastopol has been Ukraine's territory since 1991 and it does belong to Ukraine," Andrey Yermolayev, the President of Sophia Social Studies Center said to Trend on a telephone from Kiev on 26 May.
According to expert, the statement by Mironov is an instrument of a political pressure on the position of the Ukrainian government. " Russia will achieve nothing but to strengthen the pro-Russian spirit in the Crimea where the people are prone to Russia," Yermolayev said.
The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is studying the statement by the chairman of the Council of Federation of Russia Sergey Mironov on Sevastopol, the press service of Ukrainian Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said to Trend on 26 May.
"The spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Vasiliy Kirilich will hold press briefing on 27 May. The position on this issue will probably be announced in this press briefing," press service of the Foreign Ministry said.
In early July 1993, the State Duma of Russia announced that Sevastopol belong to Russia, however, Ukraine appealed the UN Security Council to confirm the territorial status of Sevastopol as territory of Ukraine.
The UN Security Council confirmed the territorial integrity of Ukraine on 20 July 1993 and described the moves by the Russian parliament as contradicting principles and charter of the UN Resolution and agreement between Ukraine and Russia.