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U-turn: State Duma Speaker accuses Ukraine of annexation of Crimea

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin accused Ukraine of the fact that it had been annexing Crimea for more than twenty years.
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According to the State Duma Speake rSergei Naryshkin, since 1991, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and until 2014 Crimea had been “peacefully annexed” by Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

“In fact, back then, 23 years ago, there was carried out the annexation of Crimea, though it was peaceful, but still it was annexation,” Naryshkin said. He added that it happened “because of irresponsibility of a number of Russian politicians.”

According to the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, it turns out that all this time the Crimeans were feeling themselves as if in a strange land and “were dreaming to be at home.”

It should be recalled that in March 2014 after bringing “polite little green men” to the large cities of Crimea, Russia annexed the peninsula. To legitimize what was happening there was held a “referendum on joining Russia.” No civilized country in the world has recognized this “joining”.