The deputy head of Crimea’s government said several states have shown interest in working with the breakaway state, including Israel and Turkey, the Russian state news agency Ria Novosti reported on Wednesday.
“Turkey, Israel and certain Far Eastern states are showing initiative and wide readiness to cooperate,” Georgy Muradov said during a government session. “We will be interacting with everyone.”
The report did not specify if the Israeli interests were private or government-backed.
According to Muradov, additional contacts with Chinese government officials, large corporations and investors have already been made in the past.
Chinese interest is focused on public infrastructure works including airports, ports, roads, bridges, tunnels, as well as energy and water supply plants. Agriculture and the housing sector are also drawing attention from the Chinese, he said.
The Republic of Crimea was formed on March 17, the day after a referendum results showed over 95% of participants voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia instead. Western nations condemned the referendum as being invalid and called for maintaining the peninsula as part of Ukraine, a point of view backed up by a later United Nations vote.
Russia recognized and annexed the republic making it part of the Russian federation, a move that drew first condemnation and then a series of economic sanctions against senior Russian figures to try to bring about a reversal of the developments.
Shortly after the annexation, pro-Russian insurgents began fighting Ukrainian security forces in the eastern part of Ukraine. The continued conflict has claimed the lives of over 1,100 people.