Disinfo: Putin: Respect the choice of the residents of Crimea


Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the choice of the Crimean residents who voted for reunification with Russia should be respected avoiding double standards. Putin recalled that more than 90% of Crimeans voted for reunification with Russia.


Any decision relating to Ukraine's sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This so-called referendum was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it.


  • Reported in: Issue 49
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Vladimir Putin, Referendum, Crimea


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