"Both, de facto and de jure, Crimea is currently a part of Russia. It is the subject of the Russian Federation, and therefore there can be no compromise," she said.
She believes that what happened is not an act of aggression or annexation. According to Matvienko, "it is the expression of will of practically 100% of the Crimean population." According to the head of the Federation Council, it does not mean that it will hinder the development of relations between Russia and Ukraine.
On March 16, Crimea held a referendum with the military support of Russia, in which 96.77% of people voted in favour of the peninsula's accession to Russia. On March 18 the so-called "treaty" on the accession of Crimea to Russia was signed at the Kremlin.