Crimean authorities said had no illusions about trump

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The head of the Crimean government Committee on inter-ethnic relations Zaur Smirnov said that the Crimean authorities had no illusions about the promises of the President of the United States Donald trump to consider the question of recognition of Russian status of the Peninsula.

Previously, trump told Italian leaders that «Russia should be held accountable for the actions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine» and to enforce the Minsk agreements.

«We originally had no illusions, knowing that the promises of Donald trump to consider the question of the status of the Crimean Peninsula in the case of the election of the President of the United States is nothing more than election rhetoric,» — said Smirnov.

According to him, the reunification of the Crimea with Russia complies with all international standards and was based primarily on the will of the Crimeans themselves. «Crimeans are ready for any action from the West and will defend their choice. The Russian Crimea, and to prove it we do not intend to. The world must recognize it as a reality and a fait accompli. And the responsibility for events in Donbas, in violation of the Minsk agreements, as well as for an attempt in 2014 to unleash bloodshed in Crimea must carry regime in Kiev», — said Smirnov.

Relations between Russia and the EU deteriorated due to the situation in the Donbass, where Kiev in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Western countries have imposed a series of sanctions against Russia, Moscow has retaliated. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict, does not support the militias and not sending troops in Donbass. Kiev is still accuses Russia of «military aggression».

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»

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