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Nobody knows what Putin wants in return of Ukrainian ships from Crimea – the military expert Mikhnenko

Mikhnenko: Remaining in the Crimea Ukrainian ships were in good condition. But now there are doubts on this score

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Kiev is better to ignore the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Ukraine of military equipment from the occupied Crimea, said in comments to the edition “GORDON” the military expert, Deputy Director of the research Center for army, conversion and disarmament Anton Mikhnenko.

“You have to understand that there is a certain history of the negotiation process between Ukraine and Russia. Even in the 90s, when there was division of the black sea fleet, Ukraine received the oldest at the moment ships. Any negotiations with Russia over the fact that it defends its own interests. That is, nobody knows what Putin wants in return of Ukrainian ships from Crimea. Russia professes Nkvdshniki the principle of haggling. At the last moment they can say what they want to get something for these ships. I think it is better to ignore the proposal. He’s trying to demonstrate to the West a desire to establish contacts. Don’t forget about the “Kremlin report” of the U.S. Treasury and the approaching presidential elections,” said Mikhnenko.

In his view, consent to the return of military equipment from the Crimea may result in political losses for Ukraine.

“Russia wants to show: they say, look, even when such relations with Ukraine we are ready to give her the old Navy. What is loyal to the Russian government! Of course, remaining in the Crimea, the ships were in good condition. But now there are doubts on this score. In my opinion, it’s not even that they have to fix. The return of ships from the Crimea can not only cost a pretty penny, but also to incur political losses. Yes, the Navy of Ukraine was very weak. We lost the lion’s share of our ships and support ships. In fact, we build your fleet from scratch,” mikhnenko said.

11 Jan Putin meeting with the heads of Russian media said that Russia is ready to give Ukraine the military ships and aircraft from the Crimea.

Former defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov called the Ukrainian ships in Crimea “scrap” and “junk”, which Putin wants to use as an element of his election campaign.

Commander of the naval forces of Ukraine Igor Voronchenko said that almost all equipment left in 2014 Russia occupied Crimea, have been renovated.

The speaker of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, called the proposal to return the Ukrainian military equipment “gesture of goodwill”.

Only in the Crimea until March 2014 was the 21st ship of the Ukrainian Navy and 50 auxiliary vessels. A few pieces disposed of at the beginning of March 2014, by decision of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine.

The points remain black sea fleet large landing ship “Konstantin Olshansky”, the Corvette “Ternopil”, sea trawler “Cherkassy”, the submarine “Zaporizhia” and others.

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