Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Temporary Information Policy Committee of the Federation Council, commented on the reports of the Ukrainian journalist Olesya Medvedeva on Crimea. The senator posted his response to his Twitter accountFAN.
"From Kiev one could only wait for a repeat of Odessa or Donbass in the Crimea. What nostalgia?! Where from ?!" – surprised Pushkov.
He emphasized that there could be no "nostalgia" for Ukraine in the Crimea – for 23 years the inhabitants of the peninsula wanted to go to Russia and were & # 39; the stepchildren of Kiev & # 39 ;. In addition, virtually no money was invested in the region, Pushkov added.
Journalist Olesya Medvedeva filmed scenes in Crimea about the changes that have occurred since the reunification of the peninsula with Russia. According to her, the Russian Federation has invested more money in the region in five years than the Ukrainian authorities in 23 years.
The Crimean people "integrate" into Russia and live according to Russian laws and do not desire Ukraine, which today "has become a foreign country for them," the story says. The Russians in Crimea "finally dug," the words of MedvedevaNSN.
As a result of her visit to Crimea, a Ukrainian journalist came to the conclusion that the inhabitants of the peninsula actually want to be part of Russia. However, Medvedev has not ruled out that Crimean nuns can be nostalgic for Ukraine. According to her, we can talk about the state, which "ended" in 2013.
At the end of February, Pavel Klimkin, the head of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, said on his Facebook that Russia has become "more Ukrainian" since the "occupation" of Crimea. According to him, Kiev "is to blame" for the fact that Ukraine "paid a high price" for insufficient efforts to Ukrainize the Crimea. Klimkin added that the Russification of Crimea "failed" despite the best efforts of "Russian invaders and their followers."
Sergei Tsekov, a member of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, called the words of Klimkin & # 39; another fiction & # 39 ;.
"In fact, there is a clear decrease in interest in Ukraine. In Crimea, for example, it was possible to preserve the Russian language because the parents had previously chosen the language of instruction and the pupils themselves in high school. The number of people in to follow the Ukrainian language has fallen sharply, "the senator emphasizes. Crimeans are very happy to be reunited with Russia, the Tsekov summed up.
In 2016, Sergei Aksenov, the head of the Republic of Crimea, said the peninsula authorities would "do anything" to overcome "aggressive Ukrainization."
"We are confronted with the most important task – teaching and strengthening the Russian identity. First and foremost, it is young people. Solving this problem is impossible without young people thoroughly studying Russian language and literature, national history without developing a respectful attitude. compared to the cultures and traditions of all peoples of the Crimea and Russia, "Aksenov said.
The peninsula of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol became part of Russia on the rights of nationals of the federation in 2014 after a national referendum. The territorial waters around the peninsula now also belong to the Russian Federation. Western countries, however, do not recognize Russia's sovereignty over Crimea and regard it as "occupied". At the same time, more than 90% of the peninsula's population voted in support of the reunification.
October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that Sevastopol was always part of Russia – even during the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, which was approved by Nikita Khrushchev, the first secretary of the CPSU Central Committee . Putin recalled that in 1954 the decision to transfer the Crimea from the RSFSR to the Ukrainian SSR was taken illegally because the decision was taken by the presidency of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, although the Supreme Council of the Republics and the USSR Supreme Soviet had to approve the transfer.
Putin also announced in mid-October 2016 that the Crimeans had given their opinion and that the question & # 39; historically closed & # 39; used to be. On the eve of the presidential election, Putin said in an interview that the conditions for the return of the Crimea to Ukraine "will never come true".
In early March 2019, US President Donald Trump extended the duration of anti-Russian sanctions imposed against Russia in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by a further year.
At the same time, as Trump explained, Moscow continues to seriously threaten the security and stability of Ukraine. Washington will continue to increase sanctions against Russia until the Crimean peninsula has returned to Ukraine, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker said earlier. In addition to the United States, "Crimean sanctions" were imposed on Russia by the European Union.