“We & nbsp; all understood that & nbsp; Crimea de facto & nbsp; & mdash; this is the Russian Crimea. After the referendum and & nbsp; de jure, Crimea became Russian & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said & nbsp; he.
Crimea became a Russian region after the referendum held there in & nbsp; March 2014, at which the overwhelming majority of voters of the Republic of Crimea and & nbsp; Sevastopol spoke in favor of & nbsp; joining & nbsp; Russia .. Ukraine is still considers Crimea to be his, but & nbsp; temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that & nbsp; residents of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with & nbsp; international law and & nbsp; UN Charter, voted for & nbsp; reunification with & nbsp; Russia. According to the & nbsp; Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “ finally closed. ''