Putin: The referendum in the Crimea was held in full accordance with international legal norms
According to the press-service of the head of Russia, on March 18 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin making his speech in the Kremlin in front of deputies of the State Duma, members of the Council of the Federation, leaders of regions of Russia and representatives of the civil society declared that the referendum in the Crimea was held in full accordance with democratic procedures and international legal norms.
The President noted that the referendum "is of vital importance and historic significance for all of us."
"More than 82 per cent of the voters participated in voting. More than 96 per cent voted for reunification with Russia. Figures are utmost convincing," Vladimir Putin said.
The head of the state noted that "our common history and pride runs practically through everything in the Crimea."
"In order to understand, why such a choice was made, it is enough to know the history of the Crimea and to know what Russia and the Crimea meant and mean for each other," Vladimir Putin said.
On March 17 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on recognition of independence of the Republic of the Crimea.
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