William Taylor: I see signs that Russia will leave Crimea, Donbas soon

Former US Envoy to Ukraine William Taylor, who is now holding the position of the US Charge d’Affairs, suggested that Russia will soon leave Crimea and Donbas, 112 UA reported Wednesday.

“I believe, there are signs that the Russians, particularly Kremlin, would like to leave Donbas. I see the signs that the economic burden, which the Russians feel and the issue is not only about the sanctions…the burden, which the Russian government and the Russian people pay, influence their economy,” he stated.

According to Taylor, Russia has to maintain troops and services both in Donbas and Crimea, which damages Russian economy.

“And the price of Donbas and Crimea for the Russians, in addition to the price of the sanctions drew me to the thought that they would like to withdraw from Donbas. So, if we continue the sanctions will talk to them, in any format… If this format works then it will be great format,” Taylor claimed.

He also said that the dialogue between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart is essential and expressed his hope that the two leaders will reach an agreement on “Russia’s withdrawal from Donbas and Crimea.”

Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website

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