The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in 2014 wanted to trade the Crimea for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union and NATO. This statement was made by the ex-President of Georgia and former Governor of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili.
“I had a conversation with Poroshenko, and he said to me: you’re almost used to the idea that South Ossetia and Abkhazia never will return to Georgia the same way we should come to terms with the idea that Crimea is Ukraine will not be – but we will change the membership in the European Union and NATO,” Saakashvili said in an interview with journalist Dmitry Gordon.
At the same time, Saakashvili expressed confidence that the loss of the Crimea will deprive Ukraine of the possibility to join the EU and NATO, “because there is a territorial conflict.”
March 16, 2014 in Crimea held a referendum on joining the Peninsula to Russia. 96.7% of voters were in favour of joining Russia.