NATO will not fight against Russia
NATO insists on peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis and will not bring troops to Ukraine even if Kiev authorities make such a request.
"The Alliance made it clear that the current crisis should not be resolved in military way. NATO does not intend to send troops to Ukraine," the press-service of NATO informed the news agency UNN.
As was previously reported, nearly 97% of participants of the referendum in the Crimea voted in favor of joining the region to the Russian Federation, herewith the turnout exceeded 83%. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that the referendum was held according to the international law and the Charter of the United Nations. On Monday he had signed a decree, according to which the Crimea was recognized an independent state.
On March 18 the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the chair of the State Council of the republic of the Crimea, the parliament of the Republic of the Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov, the prime minister of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov and the mayor of Sevastopol Alexey Chalyi signed an agreement on joining the Crimea to the composition of Russia and creation of new entities in the composition of the Russian Federation.
On March 18 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in his message to Russian parliamentarians and the Federal Assembly stated, "Don't believe those who are threatening you with Russia, and crying that other regions will follow after the Crimea. We do not want to separate Ukraine, we do not need it. As for the Crimea, it was and will remain Russian as well as Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar." The speech of the President is published on the site of the head of state.
V. Putin stressed that today's civil confrontation is entirely on the conscience of Kiev authorities.
"We have always respected the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, unlike, by the way, those who sacrificed the unity of Ukraine for their political ambitions. They are parading around slogans about the great Ukraine, but it is them who did everything to split the country," the President of the Russian Federation stated.