Candidate for Russian President Sobchak calls the Crimea Ukrainian according to international law
According to her, the issue to the Crimea's belonging requires "further discussion and search for compromises".
TV host Ksenia Sobchak, who plans to participate in the 2018 presidential elections in Russia, said that Russia's actions in the Crimea were contrary to international law, a correspondent of RBC, who attended the press conference of the journalist, reported.
"From the point of view of international law, the Crimea is Ukrainian," she said. "We broke our word, we violated the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. We made a promise, and we did not fulfill this promise," the journalist added.
According to her, the topic of belonging of the Crimea requires "further discussion and search for compromises".
"As an ordinary woman named Ksenia Sobchak I can say: now the most important thing for Russia and Ukraine is to resurrect our friendship at any cost," the TV presenter stated.
Ksenia Sobchak announced her plans to run for president in 2018 on October 18. She called her decision the return of the "against all" box, including against the participation in the election of the incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin and his "alternates and deputies".
The Crimea was joined to Russia in 2014 following a referendum, at which the majority favored joining Russia. Kiev and the West did not recognize the results of the referendum. They regarded Russia's actions as aggression and annexation of part of the Ukrainian territory, violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Moscow states that the procedures corresponded to the norms of international law.
After the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine was third in the world only to the United States and Russia in the number of nuclear arsenals. On December 5, 1994, Ukraine renounced nuclear weapons by signing the Budapest Memorandum. It was also signed by the leaders of the USA, Russia and Great Britain. The document was not ratified by any of the signatories. According to the Budapest Memorandum, the signatories undertook to respect the independence, sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine.