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    Kremlin Spokesman: Crimean Reunification With Russia Rescue of the Whole Nation

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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the RBC media outlet that Crimean reunification with Russia was a rescue of Crimean people adding that Russia copes with negative consequences of western sanctions.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, Crimea celebrated the third anniversary of the reunification with Russia. According to local authorities, more than 14,000 residents of Simferopol took part in celebrations. Festive events also took place in other Crimean cities including Sevastopol.

    “The developments in Crimea are not a victory, you know. That is a historical shift that is maybe a rescue of the whole nation. Reunification of people with their country. And we are paying the price for that,” Peskov said.

    He pointed out that the burden of western sanctions was not critical for the Russian economy adding that the restrictive measures even had some positive consequences.

    “You know there are positive sides concerning import substitution that really begins to work in agriculture, labor productivity,” Peskov added.

    Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014 after the referendum held on March 16, with almost 97 percent of the residents having voted for the reunification. Ukraine still considers Crimea as an occupied territory.


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      mzungu in Africa
      And when the right time has come and it will come, Novo Rossiya will go home to mother Russia.
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      it's funny in some ways, with events such as the Crimean reunification, Russia and Russians are demonstrating the reality of "We, the People" (now where have I read that before?) :)
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      Darrell R
      This move was the will of the people living there and probably saved many lives. Despite the sanctions, this is good for the morale of Russians.

      I would love to witness the celebration going on there. Perhaps I can make it there for their fifth anniversary, which is not only likely to be a big celebration, but is sure to happen. Congratulations on many years to come!
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      Mishka Kyiv
      The words is "morale" . When is the deportation of Tatars to Asia due to start?
    • R30soarskyes
      bstard aids hasbarat natobot mishka
      bloody foreignerz pigzs tatar & co belongs to monglydstan shthole desert and negev saudi sahara
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      Mishka Kyiv
      spelling? completely ncoherent? Dont forget that Crimea belongs to the Tatars!
    • alkovin reply toDarrell R(Show commentHide comment)
      Darrell R!
    • alkovin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, I think I am recollecting one of our recent ex-presidents wanting to burn the document that this quote was taken from, because it has lost its relevance... ;)
    • alkovin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv, In your position, I'd be quiet, mishka. "Tractor v poli dir, dir, dir...", enough said...
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      Mishka Kyiv
      My position is fine. Rich country, tons of resources. Its economy grew at 4% last year. Contrast with holy mother russia, no growth at all and under sanctions. A pariah state, as before. Implement Minsk, get russian mercenary scum and russian guns out of Ukraine.
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      michaelin reply toalkov(Show commentHide comment)
      alkov, now that's impressive! :)
    • choticastile
      Crimea is the world's modern fairy tale ... The only true and real fairy tale ever. God bless Crimea -- which is just another way of saying, God bless Russia -- because her child is back in her lap ...
    • choticastilein reply toR30soarskyes(Show commentHide comment)
      R30soarskyes, Ignore -- not worth a keystroke...
    • choticastile
      R30soarskyes, While I did not fully understand your comment-- sorry ... For sure we must accept that due to the desperation of those ruling the west and for that matter, virtually the whole planet, attacks on Russia will continue, but they will eventually fizzle out, as their hideous global agenda is crumbling and they know the writing is on the wall-- they have lost. However, much as the negative will always be with us in this world, balance between negative and positive will return to neutral, because all energy fields are governed by the laws of the Universe, which forever remain beyond the power of puny humankind to reach, affect or change.
    • alkovin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv, If your position is so fine, what are you doing here, wage slave?
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