Lavrov: Crimea is closed permanently

MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. Question on joining of Crimea to Russia is closed completely. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a Thursday interview with the Italian newspaper Libero.

“The topic is closed once and for all – he said, answering the question forever whether Crimea will remain part of Russia. – Let me remind you that we are talking about a free, democratic will of the inhabitants of Crimea, who made a conscious choice in favor of peace and prosperity.”

According to Sergey Lavrov, this was the only possible way to protect the interests of the people of the Peninsula after committed in Ukraine in February 2014 coup. “It is clear today that the referendum expressed the will of the residents allowed them to avoid the horrors of civil war – that for more than three years, the Kiev authorities are doing in Donbass”, – continued the head of the foreign Ministry.

March 11, 2014 Supreme Council of Crimea and the Sevastopol city Council on the background of political crisis and regime change in the Ukraine adopted the Declaration on independence of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol. March 16 on the Peninsula with a turnout of over 80% held a referendum, the results of which for the reunification with Russia voted 96,77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol. March 18, was signed the agreement on the adoption of new constituent entities in the Russian Federation. Ukraine, USA and EU refused to recognize the independence of Crimea and its reunification with Russia.