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Medvedev compares annexation of Crimea with fall of Berlin Wall and return of Hong Kong to China

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that "reunification of Crimea and Russia will start a new era." He compared the annexation of the Crimean peninsula with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Medvedev compares annexation of Crimea with fall of Berlin Wall and return of Hong Kong to China

In his annual report on the work of the Government in the State Duma, Medvedev said that the last year had been the Year of Crimea, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media. "In the history of each state there are moments, when another era begins; 2014 was such a moment for modern Russia," he said.

"For many people, the return of Crimea was the restoration of historical justice, which in terms of strength and importance is comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, or the return of Hong Kong and Macao to China," said Medvedev.

Prime Minister called "unprecedented political and external economic pressure" the cost of the annexation of Crimea. According to him, the Russian authorities were aware of the consequences of the annexation, and now they need to "minimize the consequences of this decision for the economy."

Medvedev says that Russia has never faced such challenges as it does now. "For the first time in the history of Russia after the collapse of the USSR and in the history of Russia in the twentieth century during both the Soviet and post-Soviet period, our country is under the influence of two external shocks – a sharp drop in oil prices and unprecedented harsh sanctions pressure. We have never experienced such set of simultaneous challenges," he added.

At the same time, he boasted that the total amount of the federal target program for the development of Crimea until 2020 would amount to more than 680 billion rubles, including 658 billion – from the federal budget. Medvedev also said that about 2 million people in Crimea had already received Russian passports.

It should be recalled that earlier, Professor Georgy Satarov, the former adviser to President Boris Yeltsin, expressed the opinion that the annexation of Crimea and war in the east of Ukraine would accelerate the collapse of the Russian Federation.