Czech President Zeman says Crimean annexation 'fait accompli'

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Czech President Zeman says Crimean annexation 'fait accompli'

Zeman said in Strasbourg on Tuesday in his address to members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Censor.NET reports citing Yevropeiska Pravda via Ukrinform.

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In his opinion, there will be some kind of compensation to Ukraine, either financially, or with oil and gas, Zeman said.

The Czech president recognized the illegality of Crimea's annexation, but said that this issue had been resolved: "There's no doubt that Crimea was annexed. This is a fait accompli."

Zeman said that if Ukraine does not agree to compensation, a "European war" will begin. In particular, he cited former German President Joachim Gauck: If we want to take Crimea and return it to Ukraine, it will mean a European war.

Based on this, Zeman said that the "war" cannot be avoided either if Ukraine continues its efforts to return Crimea.

We must avoid the European war and you have to understand this, he told the Council of Europe members.

Later that day, Zeman's statements caused a stir among Ukrainian politicians and officials.