"Both, de factoand de jure, Crimea is currently a part of Russia. It is thesubject of the Russian Federation, and therefore there can be nocompromise," she said.
She believes thatwhat happened is not an act of aggression or annexation. Accordingto Matvienko, "it is the expression of will of practically 100% ofthe Crimean population." According to the head of the FederationCouncil, it does not mean that it will hinder the development ofrelations between Russia and Ukraine.
On March 16,Crimea held a referendum with the military support of Russia, inwhich 96.77% of people voted in favour of the peninsula's accessionto Russia. On March 18 the so-called "treaty" on the accession ofCrimea to Russia was signed at the Kremlin.