Anti-Russian sanctions are useless in a coronavirus crisis and need to be lifted. This was stated by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on May 3.
“Anyone who believes that Russia can be forced to do something through sanctions is wrong. No Russian president will ever give the Crimea to Ukraine. This is reality,” Tagesspiegel quoted him as saying.
In Schroeder’s opinion, the situation in eastern Ukraine will change if Ukraine becomes a federative state in which its eastern part gets “more autonomy”.
Anti-Russian sanctions were introduced by Western countries in 2014 amid the beginning of a civil conflict in Ukraine and reunification of the Crimea with Russia. Then the residents of Donbass refused to recognize the results of the state revolution, and Kiev launched a military operation against them.
Nevertheless, Ukraine, the EU and the USA laid the responsibility for what had happened on Moscow. Russia has repeatedly indicated that it is not a party to the conflict and acted as a mediator between the militia and Kiev in the format of the “Norman Quartet”.
The Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum in 2014. At that time, 96.77% of the population of the peninsula and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters spoke in favor of joining. Ukraine does not recognize the voting results and considers the peninsula its territory. At the same time, the Kremlin has repeatedly stated that the voting procedure was held in accordance with all aspects of international law and that the issue of Crimea’s membership is closed.