Journalists asked Peskov to comment on the protest note, which Kiev has sent Moscow in connection with the visit of Vladimir Putin in the Crimea, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“Traditionally, Ukraine protests. And we traditionally, these protests are not taken into account. Because the President visits the regions of the Russian Federation, which he considers necessary. It is an internal affair of Russia. This does not apply to any state, including Ukraine”, — said the representative of the Kremlin.
Yesterday, 26 October, Putin arrived in the Crimea and participated in the forum of the Russian popular front (onf) in Yalta. On the same day, Ukraine’s foreign Ministry protested about the visit of Putin.
Kiev regularly protests against the travel representative of the Russian authorities on the Peninsula, which Kiev considers an occupied territory, once again. According to the Ukrainian foreign Ministry, visits of the Russian leadership in Crimea are “demonstrative neglect of Russia state sovereignty of Ukraine”, and these trips, said the foreign Ministry, “has led to economic, social and humanitarian problems on the Peninsula.”
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum held on 16 March 2014. According to the electoral Commission, 95% of the population of the Peninsula voted for joining Russia. Ukrainian authorities and Western countries did not recognize the transfer of Crimea to Russia and called the move “annexation.” Later on Russia was imposed numerous sanctions.