Putin blames Kiev for Crimea events, stresses Russia did not annex region

Russia did not annex that territory, Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia had not annexed Crimea and that Kiev’s actions had been the root cause behind Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

Russia did not annex that territory, Putin said in a reply to the Ukrainian ambassador at the CIS summit in Bishkek.

"Russia did not annex anything. Whatever happened with Crimea is the result of unlawful actions of certain political forces in Ukraine who had brought the situation to a state coup," the Russian head of state said.

First published by TASS.

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