The Kremlin relied on the recognition by Ukraine of the Russian status of Crimea

Moscow hopes that in the end the Kiev government recognize the Russian Crimea, said the official representative of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov. On Friday, March 17, the correspondent “reports”.

“We hope that sooner or later Kiev will respect the will of several million people in Crimea and will take the results of that vote,” — said Peskov.

He stressed that the population expressed their opinion after the event, “which occurred in Kiev and which has resulted in serious threats for millions of Crimeans”. Peskov drew attention to the fact that the decision on the referendum took “legitimate body of the Crimean, which was at the time, was created on the basis of the current legislation in Ukraine.”

On the eve of 16 March, the US state Department announced that Washington will maintain restrictive measures against Russia imposed over the annexation of Crimea to Russia. On the same day, Peskov said that Moscow is not considering the possibility of signing with Washington of the transaction in the Crimea in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

Crimea and Sevastopol joined Russia in March 2014 following a referendum. Kiev does not recognize the referendum results and calls the Peninsula occupied territory. The Kremlin insists that the procedure conforms to the norms of international law.

The anniversary of the reunification of the Peninsula with the Russian Federation is celebrated on March 18.