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    Interview: Ukraine FM Says Russia Has No Prospects in Crimea

    FILE - Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin is seen gesturing following his appointment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv, June 19, 2014.
    FILE - Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin is seen gesturing following his appointment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv, June 19, 2014.
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    Questioning the viability of long-term political and economic goals Russia has set for itself in Crimea, Ukraine’s new foreign minister says that Moscow has no chance of implementing them on the annexed peninsula.

    In an interview with Austria’s daily Die Presse, Pavlo Klimkin said the two countries will have to find common ground on the issue.

    “Russia has no viable prospects in Crimea. Fairly soon, we will initiate negotiations, including with Russia, to find a modus vivendi [a realistic way forward] on Crimea,” said Klimkin.

    He did not elaborate on when these talks would take place and who the other parties would be, but Klimkin said that just the drop in tourism, widely seen as the peninsula’s lifeblood, presents a dead–end street for Russia.

    “Seventy percent of people living in Crimea depend on the tourism industry. And 70 percent of all tourists who visited Crimea, came from [mainland] Ukraine," he said. "Today, the beaches are empty…”

    Klimkin, Ukraine’s former ambassador to Germany who was appointed to his new post just a week ago, said that it would be equally difficult for Russia to attract foreign investment.

    “Who would currently invest in Crimea? An investor from Austria? No way,” said Klimkin, adding that, even if investments came, Ukraine would immediately seek to legally block them, including Russian investments.

    Taking issue with the referendum which Moscow used to justify Crimea's annexation in March, Klimkin called the vote a “farce” with its numbers grossly exaggerated.

    “It’s obviously nonsense that 96 percent [of people] voted in favor of annexation. The referendum was a farce,” he said, adding that according to “serious polls” that had been conducted, about 41 percent of voters would have supported annexation.

    Asked whether he thought it was a mistake for Ukraine to have surrendered Crimea without firing a single shot, Klimkin acknowledged that measures certainly could have been taken in response but at a great human cost.

    As for Crimea’s prospects, Klimkin is optimistic, saying that he has no doubt that it will be part of Ukraine again.

    “Crimea has been and will remain Ukrainian. And we already have a vision for Crimea’s future,” he said.

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    by: rodger olsen from: USA
    June 27, 2014 2:53 PM
    This man is delusional. The vote by the citizens for joining Russia was monitored, videoed. and overwhelming. Crimea was part of Russia for centuries and is happy to be back.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 27, 2014 11:57 PM
    Well said Mark. Too bad for Rodger, his historical knowledge only goes back just enough years to try to make a valid point. Centuries? Oh Rodger, I thought you were at least in high school by now, my bad. Would love to correct your misguided understanding of Crimean history, but I don't think you're old enough yet. Be careful with that Cap'n Crunch you are eating right now, it does cut the roof of your mouth. Now be a good boy and go to bed, and let 'men' have real discussions based on facts, and not the facts found on Popsicle sticks (I actually liked those, too!).
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    by: Mark brown. from: USA
    June 27, 2014 7:44 PM
    You are obviously uninformed. A vote at gunpoint is unacceptable. It amazes me that people like you can be easily brainwashed by Putin and his people even though you are living in the safe environment that the USA provides for you. If Russia is so good - go live there! See if you can have freedom of speech then...

    by: PES from: Russia
    June 27, 2014 9:33 AM
    Very strange statement: "Today, the beaches are empty…”.
    I see a lot of people on a beach despite the cold weather (+23 degree).

    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 27, 2014 2:12 AM
    This is when you actually see what real politics can be used for. I like this guy, he has a sharp mind on how he wants the world to view the current situation. Exposing Russia and Putin for the bullies they are! Ukraine didn't fire the first shots, Russia did. Russia should be held accountable for all the tragedy that has occurred in Ukraine. Putin obviously has a thirst for blood to be spilt.
    Since we hear no opposition from the Russian people themselves, they must want the good old Soviet Communist Empire to return. Those were the fun days! That's right RUSSIANS, I, a true American, am calling out the citizens of RUSSIA! Yes, the US does engage in these kind of things in the world, and you hear our voices, it's citizens, protesting our governments actions on other countries. Where are the Russian citizens' voices???? I don't hear any???? Oh, you must support Putin, or has Putin already turned your short-lived free society back to it's communists ways? You're not allowed to speak out against Putin, or you will be in a Siberian work(death) camp? Somebody better resurrect Reagan, and QUICK!!!
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 27, 2014 10:09 PM
    "Internet trolls", "mentally ill", "nutcases", and someone with the name "Anonymous" saying I am a coward to not meet face to face, yet, I am childish. Hypocrites, hehe. This is rich. Funny how you guys so eloquently attacked my comment, which is just an opinion (in case you guys weren't aware), thanks, loved the attention! Glad you guys at least addressed the actual reason for that comment, you know, the article itself, Ukraine, Russia, Putin, Poroshenko, ring a bell?

    And the twist of history Dennis, fabulous. You would be correct that Western democracies, bullies, thugs.........wait a minute, it was the Western democracy of the USA, (sorry, that would be incorrect, since we are NOT a democracy, we are a FEDERAL REPBULIC!!!) that brought down the Soviet Empire, I don't think your blessed Saudi Arabia had the guts to even try. But the old Soviet was Jewish, yet, the evil USA brought it down. I'm confused. Childish. Rather be childish, I do know how to laugh, you guys should try it sometime, instead of wasting so much energy on 'Western democracies'.

    You guys, you Arab and Muslims, with your Western democracies and Western cultures! Great Satan, almost forgot you guys like to say that too, we love it, by the way. Think I'm kidding, "Hello, where are you from?", "I'm from The Great Satan, hehe, I mean the USA." So you guys, you Arabs and Muslims love to preach and curse and long for the demise of these so-called Western ways of life, yet you guys, you Arabs and Muslims, are using the technology created by Western Satans to convey your messages. I'm childish, OK? Now that Iran WILL have a nuclear bomb, (who screams the demise of Western civilizations every time their futbol team loses), will have a weapon created not just by Western cultures, but Jewish inventors themselves. So Dennis, what part of "hypocrite" do I not understand. ALL OF YOU ARABS AND MUSLIMS ARE HYPOCRITES! Nan-a-nan-a-boo-boo, how's that for childish? By the way, if you so wish to comment to me back, you are USING MEDIA INVENTED BY WESTERN GENIUSES. Hypocrite, oh Dennis, you and your Arabic humor..........

    Great Satanite is done, take care.

    Anonymous, stay anonymous. regardless of IQ scores, which I am sure yours is in the higher single digits, you should never come out of hiding.....ever! The world has enough losers, unless you are their leader? Childish, I like it!
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    by: Dennis Fetcho from: Riyadh/Amman
    June 27, 2014 2:56 PM
    All of these comments from Internet trolls as this one - about how a bunch of hypocrites are "exposing Russia and Putin" for "being bullies" is so intellectually offensive and insulting - the words of delusional nutcases who cover for the very clear and obvious bullies and thugs that make up the governments of the Western democracies.

    Also - this nauseatingly ignorant line of Russia trying to return to the "old Soviet Union" is so passe and lame.

    The old Soviet Union was a Jewish run hell hole - pretty much what the West is becoming. There is absolutely no common sense nor reason for anyone to want to return to the days of the "old Soviet Union".

    There are economic interests across all spheres and this who scenario playing out is all about Western Jewish elite wars against the Russian people - something they have been at since before they came to power in the Red and quite bloody "Soviet Union".
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    by: Anonymous
    June 27, 2014 12:08 PM
    You are mentally ill, there is no any chance for a scarcely cultured person as you. Your thoughts are so stupid and childish, that you should have serious problem in talking with people face to face, instead than well hidden behind a screen, were you are not ashame of your stupidity. Please, give me your IQ score, I really wanna laugh my true American.

    by: Igor from: Russia
    June 27, 2014 12:48 AM
    What a short-sighted view! Do you think only westerners are investors? Crimea will draw investors from many other countries such as India, China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Ameria....They are eager to come to Crimea because of the lack of Western competition.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 28, 2014 12:05 AM
    Hi Igor, you favorite insect here again! So when the economic sanctions go into effect in Crimea until this issue between Ukraine and Russia is settled, then who will be able to invest in Crimea? NO ONE!!! You and your 'westerners' remarks, that is soooooo funny! Didn't your Empire fall because of the 'westerners'? Oh, I see the animosity, sorry, how insensitive of me.

    by: Nate from: NYC
    June 27, 2014 12:46 AM
    I think, for every lie, a politician must be whipped 10 times.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 27, 2014 11:59 PM
    Love it! So when would a plitician be able to speak? hehe

    by: Leonid Kokaurov from: Alaska
    June 26, 2014 8:47 PM
    " Crimea’s prospects, Klimkin is optimistic, saying that he has no doubt that it will be part of Ukraine again...."
    You are dreaming, Mr.Kimkin....

    by: Dorothy from: Austria
    June 26, 2014 7:37 PM

    He might just have to settle for a Brando jacket instead.
    Schott makes a pretty good one.

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