#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 18. – Nationalists executed the coup in Ukraine.
They tried to revise the language policy, and that would have undermined the rights of minorities, Putin says. The Russian-speaking population in Ukraine faced constant humiliation, the President stressed.
We always believed in good neighbourly relations with Ukraine, but the situation developed in another direction, the Russian President says.
Sevastopol is a Russian fortress and a host for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Putin notes.
The Russian President stressed that Russia has vital interests in Crimea.
Putin says that it is important to ensure the right of all ethnicities in Crimea, including Crimean Tartars, and measures to complete rehabilitation of Crimean Tartars should be taken. There will be three official languages – Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar’s.
Vladimir Putin is talking about the history of the Crimean region and its importance to Russia.
Crimean referendum held in full compliance with democratic procedures — Putin.
More than 82% of the voters took part in the referendum in Crimea, and more than 96% voted for accession to Russia, Putin says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to make a statement on Crimea’s application for accession to the Russian Federation.
Earlier today, Putin has approved draft agreement to accept the Republic of Crimea as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation.
Russian Media Sources