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    Vladimir Putin's statement on Crimea's integration with Russia

    Putin 'Would Take Same Decisions About Crimea' Now as in 2014

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    Vladimir Putin would take the same steps concerning Crimea now, according to the Kremlin spokesman.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping the situation around Crimea under personal control and would not change his decisions even if there was such an opportunity, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

    "He keeps the situation around Crimea under personal control and I am convinced that he would take the same steps and decisions [about Crimea] and would take the responsibility as he did [in 2014]," Peskov told the RBK media group.

    According to the spokesman, Putin realizes that the integration processes could be done in a more effective way and more money from the budget could have been spent on the improvement of living standards.

    On Saturday, Crimea celebrated the third anniversary of the reunification with Russia. The region 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.

    In September, Putin said that the issue of Crimea's territorial belonging was historically closed.


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    • NATOisEVIL
      Many lives was saved when Putin decided to let Crimea re-join Russia. I don't even want to think of what would happen to the Crimean's if Poroshenko had his grip on the peninsula.
    • Darius
      I hope that he will also accept the South and the East of Ukraine, once the Kiev's regime Kiev has collapsed.
    • avatar
      I can't understand what the West wants. I can't believe it wants a war with Russia. But it was crazy to try and grab Russia's Black Sea base like that and also enslave the population so violently. What response did they expect from Russia. They are lucky Putin wasn't more aggressive than he was.

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      Crimea is Russia and Don Bass will become in the near future Russia !!!
      Mental sick Porky believe Don Bass will join Ukraine !!!
      I believe the people in Don Bass like to live.... not to die !!! Porky must be mad if thinks he can make peace in Don Bass, now he try to kill the people in Don Bass !!!
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      Mishka Kyiv
      Same decisions from Putin? What he would lie about invading Ukraine again? He would not allow the suppression of the Tatars and numerous murders? He would not rig a fake referendum?
    • choticastilein reply toNATOisEVIL(Show commentHide comment)
      NATOisEVIL, Absolutely-- Sure Crimean's thank the good Lord everyday, when they see the unholy mess which Ukraine has dissolved into today ....
    • choticastilein reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Hear! Hear!
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