Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged to respect the choice of the Crimean people who voted for reunification with Russia at a referendum on March 16, 2014.
"As regards the state affiliation, the people living in Crimea made their choice, it should be respected, and Russia could not have done otherwise," Putin said in an interview with the journalist Vladimir Solovyov on the Russia One television on Monday.
"And I hope that our foreign partners, both far and near, will eventually treat it likewise, because in this particular instance only the opinion of the people itself can be the ultimate criterion of truth," the president said.
"As regards Crimea, you may remember that a year ago when I addressed the Federal Assembly on this issue, I said at the time that Crimea was and will remain Russian, and Ukrainian, and Crimean-Tatar, and Greek (because ethnic Greeks live there too), and German. It will be home for all these nations," Putin said.
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