Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian presidency, said that the referendum held in Crimea in 2014 did not contradict Ukrainian laws and was fully legitimate.
“This referendum was legitimate in essence and in terms of international law. From the point of view of Ukrainian laws, it was completely legitimate,” Peskov told reporters on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the referendum that led to the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia.
He stressed that Ukrainian laws do not prohibit the holding of referendums in its territory without the approval of the central authorities.
In response to a journalist’s question about the possibility of a similar referendum in Russia to exit it, Peskov said: “We have a constitution in which everything has been written in this regard … regarding the territorial integrity of Russia.”
He added, “There is a different constitution in Ukraine and it has different provisions. In addition to that, Crimea had a special officially written case. All legislative initiatives and other initiatives of lawmakers in Crimea are also written. If you study the issue, you will make sure that everything was done according to the existing laws.”
In response to a question about the reasons for the Kremlin’s refusal to reveal the names of the people responsible for conducting the referendum in the Crimea in 2014, Peskov pointed out that “we are talking about people who are still the overwhelming majority of them actively working and carrying out their duties until now.”
Crimea and the city of Sevastopol became dependent on Russia, according to a referendum held in March 2014, which was supported by 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters.
Ukraine still considers Crimea to be a Ukrainian region, but it is “occupied”. And the Russian authorities announced more than once that the people of Crimea voted to join Russia in a democratic way and in accordance with international law and the United Nations Charter. Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that the Crimea issue was “completely closed.”