Dr. Javier Morales, a lecturer at the European University of Madrid and expert on Russia in the Spanish Fund "Alternative" noted in an interview with RIA news agency that the West would not pressure Russia to re-consider its stance on reunification with Crimea. According to the expert, European governments are currently focused on de-escalation of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. They are inclined to regard the situation in Donbas as a separate issue. Indeed, by seeking ways to establish peace in Ukraine, the West realized that the controversy surrounding Crimea might complicate the problem and aggravate tensions further with Russia.
The expert suggested that the EU would formally maintain its stand on Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine, since it does not want to set a "dangerous" precedent, but it would not raise the Crimean issue in negotiations with Russia over the fate of eastern Ukraine.
- I respect the right of Crimeans to self-determination. It helped to avoid humanitarian catastrophe that is currently unfolding in southeastern Ukraine.70.5% (1910)
- I condemn this referendum, as it has destabilized the entire region and reduced the international credibility of Russia.10.0% (272)
- I think in geopolitical terms, it has helped strengthen Russia's security and stabilize the situation in the region.19.5% (530)
However, there is still a chance to defuse the situation, if Ukraine and its eastern regions fulfill all the conditions of the Minsk agreements, underscored Dr. Morales. In that case, Europe will start to lift its sanctions against Russia. The expert believes that the European Union has made a grave mistake engaging into the Euromaidan unrest. European governments miscalculated the consequences of their involvement in the Ukrainian turmoil, concluded Dr. Morales.