Ukraine’s president-elect has said that one of his main priorities is to return Crimea to his country’s rule but Russia says Crimea will not be returned to Ukraine.
According to AFP, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Crimea is part of Russia and will never be returned to Ukraine.
Peskov’s comment came after Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko said during an acceptance speech on Monday that he will bring back Crimea under Ukrainian rule.
Poroshenko said “The number one issue is that Ukraine will never recognize the illegitimate referendum … [in] Crimea. And the strategic choice for the development of our country has been made by the Ukrainian people. Today, on May 25, in the first round the people have made their choice. And that choice is European integration.”
Partial results from Ukraine’s yesterday presidential election show that businessman and politician Poroshenko is in the lead with a wide margin.