06 April

Regarding Uffe Ellemann-Jensen's Article Published in Berlingske on March 31

On March 31, the Berlingske newspaper published an article by former Danish Foreign Minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, in which he expresses his disappointment regarding the fact that traditional sanctions do not “bite” Russia for real, and calls for strengthening the effectiveness of the “sanctions weapon”. 

In this regard, it seems necessary to remind the author that Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum, during which 96% of its residents voted for reunification with Russia.  At the same time, the voter turnout was 84%.  The question of the territorial affilliation of Crimea is closed forever. 

Kiev's true attitude to Crimea is evidenced by Ukraine's blocking of the water supply to the peninsula in order to cause a humanitarian catastrophe there. Such actions of the Kiev authorities convince the Crimeans of the correctness of the choice they made in 2014. 

The attention of the author should be also drawn to the fact that the conflict in the Southeast Ukraine is defined in the Minsk Agreements as a purely internal Ukrainian conflict, while its Parties are Ukraine and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.  The UN Security Council has recorded such understanding of the conflict in its decisions, in particular in Resolution 2202 (2015).  Russia, within the framework of the Normandy Format – along with Germany and France – is called upon to monitor and assist the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

If Uffe Ellemann-Jensen is really interested in establishing peace in Ukraine, and not in demonizing Russia and its leader, then it would probably be worth admitting that Kiev's ignorance of its obligations – both within the framework of the Minsk Agreements and by not following the results of the Normandy Format talks – is today the main obstacle to the settlement of the conflict in the Southeast Ukraine.  The desire to unleash a new sanctions war is a path to nowhere.