Czech President Milos Zeman believes the seizure by Russia of the Crimean Peninsula “finished matter” and proposes to solve the problem with compensation to Ukraine. He said this in Strasbourg during his address to the deputies of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, reported Yevropravda.

“In my opinion, will be some compensation for Ukraine – or in a financial form or in oil and gas,” he said

Zeman admitted that the annexation of Crimea illegal, but said that “the issue has been resolved”: “Crimea is annexation, without a doubt. It is a finished work”.

The politician explained that in case of disagreement of Ukraine on compensation will start the “European war”. “We have to avoid European war, and you have to understand it”, – he addressed to deputies.

The President of the Czech Republic also insists on the lifting of sanctions against Russia and replacing them with more active contacts with Moscow, replacing confrontation with the Kremlin “friendship”. Zeman also added that sanctions against Russia harm Europe.

See also: Czech President condemned a different attitude to the issues of Crimea and Kosovo

Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016-m to year the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Russian state Duma is illegitimate.

The Czech President has invited Ukraine to exchange Crimea for reparations 10.10.2017

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