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 Putin's stance on Crimea is worthy, inspires respect, - Yanukovych on peninsula occupation

Ukraine’s fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych says he is critical of the Russian occupation of Crimea, but respects Russian President Vladimir Putin for this decision.

As reported by Censor.NET, Yanukovych said at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation, Nov. 25.

"I had a conversation with Vladimir Putin on this subject. This is his, you might say, stance as a person, as a citizen of Russia, and as a patriot. Nothing will change if I agree or disagree with him. It (Putin's position - Ed.) is worthy, I would say, it inspires respect," the fugitive ex-president said.

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"But how do I feel about Crimea? Is it good that Crimea separated from Ukraine? I believe it is bad. The results of the events on the Maidan forced the residents of Crimea make the following decisions: first - to create self-defense units, second - to seek protection of Russia. Therefore, the right atmosphere for the referendum was created. It would never happen if Maidan had not triggered it," Yanukovych said.

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The ex-president also noted that he was not surprised by the "decision of the people of Crimea" expressed in a "referendum". "The Crimean residents always shared pro-Russian sentiment," Yanukovych summed up.

 
 
 
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