Crimean authorities commented on the statement by Poroshenko about the return of the Peninsula

© RIA Novosti / Vasily Latanoprost in fotobanka. Archival photoCrimean authorities commented on the statement by Poroshenko about the return of the Peninsula© RIA Novosti / Vasily Latanoprost the image Bank

Ukraine did not have any ways to return to Crimea under its jurisdiction, as Crimeans made their final choice in favor of the historical Motherland – Russia, told RIA Novosti the head of the state Committee of the Crimean government Zaur Smirnov.

Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev is ready to fight in case of military attack on its positions in the East of the country, but remains committed to political and legal the return of Donbas and Crimea.

«Any ways of returning of Crimea in structure of Ukraine. The path of the Crimea is already specified irrevocably at the referendum in 2014. This is the way back to Russia,» said Smirnov.

According to him, today the Ukrainian authorities should think about how to return someone else’s territory and how to preserve the territorial integrity of their country in its current borders.

«They should think how to prevent the collapse of their own country from within, what, in fact, the policy of Poroshenko and leads», — said the Agency interlocutor.

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.»

Crimean authorities commented on the statement by Poroshenko about the return of the Peninsula© RIA Novosti / Vasily Latanoprost in photobacteria the third anniversary of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia

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