Uncategorized Putin Considers Western Reaction to Crimea Reunification With Russia Inappropriate

Putin Considers Western Reaction to Crimea Reunification With Russia Inappropriate

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the reaction of the West to Crimea’s reunification with Russia inappropriate as the move did not violate international law.

“We consider that this sort of reaction to be completely inappropriate to what happened. Whenever I hear complaints about Russia violating international law I am simply amazed,” the Russian president told the German channel ARD.
International law is first of all the United Nations Charter, international practice and its interpretation by relevant international institutions, reminded Putin.
“Moreover, we have a clear recent precedent — Kosovo,” the Russian leader added.
The president noted that the people do not need the approval by the government to take the necessary measures for self-determination.
“And what was done in Crimea was not in any way different from what had been done in Kosovo. I am deeply convinced that Russia did not commit any violations of international law,” he said.
“Yes, I make no secret of it, it is a fact and we never concealed that our Armed Forces, let us be clear, blocked Ukrainian armed forces stationed in Crimea, not to force anybody to vote, which is impossible, but to avoid bloodshed, to give the people an opportunity to express their own opinion about how they want to shape their future and the future of their children,” Putin added.
Kosovo declared its independence by parliamentary decision alone, while people in Crimea held a referendum, the Russian president said.
Crimea cut ties with Ukraine and reunited with Russia on March 16 as its Russian-speaking population refused to recognize the new coup-imposed authorities in Kiev. The move was preceded by a referendum, in which the reunification with Moscow was backed by over 96 percent of voters.
Following Crimea’s reunification with Russia, the United States and the European Union have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia, blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs.
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