WASHINGTON, December 11 (Sputnik) – Washington wants an explanation as to why the Crimean leader, who is under international sanctions, visited India, spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki said during the press briefing on Thursday.
Currently, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on official visit in India. The two countries are expected to sign more than 20 deals. Crimean Leader Sergei Aksyonov arrived in New Delhi on Thursday. It is the first time an official from the Republic of Crimea has visited India.
Following the February coup in Kiev, residents of Crimea refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian government and held a referendum on reunifying with Russia. More than 96 percent of the Crimean voters backed the motion to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
Ukraine and the West have to date refused to recognize the Crimean referendum.