Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the statement of the American President Joe Biden that the United States “will never recognize the so-called annexation” of Crimea, said that it never happened, it was a legal decision to reunite.
Earlier, Biden said that the United States would never recognize Crimea as Russian and would continue to work to bring Russia to justice for the “aggression” in Ukraine. Biden also said that Crimea is Ukraine, called these words the truth.
“You see, the annexation of Crimea is really impossible to recognize. Nobody talks about the annexation of Crimea. Because there was no annexation of Crimea. There was a reunification of Crimea with Russia, and quite in strict accordance with all norms of international law,” Peskov told reporters when asked about whether Russia is ready to cooperate with Washington with this position of the United States.
The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation recalled that the reunification was the result of the decision of the legislative body of Crimea, “in accordance with the status of Crimea then within Ukraine.”
“There was an absolutely clear and impeccable set of legal actions taken. Therefore, there was no annexation, and it should not be recognized. You just need to admit the fact of the reunification of Crimea with Russia and the fact that Crimea has been in the status of one of the regions of the Russian Federation “, – said Peskov.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum was held there in March 2014, in which 96.77 percent of Crimean voters and 95.6 percent of Sevastopol residents favored joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to the Russian president, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”