As Horbach states, it can be called anything but a referendum, as the Ukrainian mass media in the Crimea had been suspended ten days prior to that and no voters lists were published. “This was a mass sociological survey in an atmosphere of psychosis”.
Ruben Mehrabyan, expert of the Armenian Centre for Political and International Studies shares this opinion, noting that 4 months before that when the demonstrations held in Maydanbore an exclusively peaceful nature, Crimea would express no desire to join Russia and the situation changed dramatically when persons with a criminal past seized the country's most important structures. "This was more an “Anschluss” than a referendum".
Sergey Minasyan, Institute of the Caucasus deputy director, states that the Crimea referendum does not correspond to the Constitution of Ukraine and international law, but this fact does not bother anybody, as the referendum controlled by Moscow had a political character: “In the course of geopolitical chess game one of the parties simply turned the chess board instead of making its move. One of the parties has shown its point and now the problem is whether that point will be able to change a number of situations”.
“The West turned to be more active than I expected. EU and Germany took a strong step. Economic sanctions against Russia were the next: we are close to the third stage of sanctions”, Horbach stated.
He is convinced that Ukraine will find its place on the chess board, Ukraine knows that the truth is on their side and cannot but have the support of international community.
The Media Center in cooperation with Institute for War and Peace Reporting initiated a discussion entitled“Crimea’s Choice and the Impact on the Region”. The speakers of the discussion were: Ruben Mehrabyan, expert, Armenian Centre for Political and International Studies; Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Director, Caucasus Institute; Volodymyr Horbach, political analyst, Institute of Euroatlantic Cooperation, who joint the discussion via video call.