"The president said he has been planning to meet with Crimea and Sevastopol leaders in near future and added that Crimea could become a money-making region in a few years."
Moscow, April 11 - The decision to take Crimea was made following a thorough study of public sentiments in that peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

I made final decisions only after people's mood - has become clear, Xinhua quoted Putin told All-Russia Popular Front leaders.

The Kremlin, Putin said, had not been preparing to such developments in advance, and that he personally did not know for sure the mood of Crimea's population at the time.

Meanwhile, Putin admitted that Moscow had held first sociological polls in secrecy in Crimea, which showed 80 percent of the residents preferred to joining Russia. After the preparations for the referendum was announced, that number has further increased, he said.

Those were surprising figures, Putin said, stressing that Russia would not act as assertively as it did unless the Kremlin knew for sure the aspirations of Crimean residents.

His remarks came after some domestic and foreign media reports said the Kremlin had long been planning for the annexation, with several schemes under table.

Putin signed a law on Crimea's accession to Russia March 18.

The president said he has been planning to meet with Crimea and Sevastopol leaders in near future and added that Crimea could become a money-making region in a few years.

An autonomous republic within Ukraine since 1992, Crimea held a landslide referendum on joining Russia in mid-March. Ukraine along with the majority of countries have rejected the results of the referendum.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 RUSSIA (7799 views)
 ECR (5791 views)
 RTS (6171 views)
 1992 (5171 views)
 LANDSLIDE (4501 views)
 VLADIMIR PUTIN (4245 views)
 KREMLIN (2895 views)
 RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (2701 views)
 REJECT (2461 views)
 VLADIMIR (1973 views)
 CIOL (1191 views)
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002322389
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for Europe


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.