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Experts say treaty on Crimea’s accession to Russia triumph of free expression of will

March 19, 2014, 9:57 UTC+3 Zamyatina Tamara

MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has unambiguously set forth its national interests as President Vladimir Putin made his Tuesday’s statement, and the signing of a treaty on accession of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation made the world to understand that the Crimean Peninsula and Sevastopol are again inalienable parts of the Russian world, like they were decades ago, Mikhail Delyagin, the director of the Institute for the Study of Globalizations Problems told Itar-Tass.

“Putin clearly pinpointed the amoral position taken by the West, which doesn’t recognize the direct and free expression of will of the residents of Crimea when more than 96% spoke in favor of reunification with Russia in the course of the March 16 referendum,” he said.

“Along with this, it’s important to state that Vladimir Putin’s speech did not contain a single hint at a standoff with the people of Ukraine, although I personally would like to see a more clear-cut statement on the part of Russian authorities towards the Ukrainian tycoons, who financed the outrages in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities,” Delyagin said.

“While having assets in Russia, these very same tycoons are raising an issue of confiscations of Russian property in Ukraine,” he said.

“It’s quite emblematic that the day of the referendum, March 16, marked exactly seventy years since the start of liberation of Crimea from Nazi occupation, and now this date will be especially dear to the hearts of our fellow-countrymen there,” Delyagin said. 

Writer and publicist Alexander Prokhanov, who attended the ceremony of signing the treaty on reunification of the Crimea and Sevastopol with Russia in the Kremlin, described it as “a profoundly spiritual act charged with almost religious emotions.”

Speaking to Itar-Tass, Prokhanov singled out several important theses, which Putin mentioned in an address to the Federal Assembly for the first time ever.

“The President broke away from the customary liberal stance on assessments of the disintegration of the USSR, which claim the USSR fell apart owing to allegedly objective factors,” he said.

“Putin for the first time described the Russians as a divided people and made an appeal to Germany, the citizens of which also found themselves divided by a state border upon the end of World War II,” Prokhanov said. “By saying this, Putin appealed to a possibility of a future Russian-Germany alliance in the interests of a law-based world order.”

“In addition, Putin made it clear that the Russian authorities are going to build a new strategic alliance with China,” he said.

“Vladimir Putin made it graphically clear that the precedent set forth by the recognition of Kosovo’s independence pushed downhill the entire global legal system and triggered coups in North Africa and the Middle East,” Prokhanov said. “Hence the conclusion that the world community should pool efforts for tapping a way out of the unfair system.”

“The significance of the signing of the treaty on accession of Crime and the city of Sevastopol to Russia is impossible to overestimate if you take the destiny of each representative of the Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar peoples,” Colonel-General Valery Manilov, Ret., told Itar-Tass.

“Vladimir Putin in a dignified manner rebuffed the cravings of our opponents from the US and Western countries to misrepresent the results of the Crimean referendum,” he said. “Particularly convincing was his criticism of the EU officials who recalled the existence of international law in connection with referendum, although they more than once encroached on its provisions in Serbia, Iraq and Libya.”

“In spite of all our really friendly feelings for the Ukrainian people, it’s impossible not to be worried about the outrage of nationalism whipped up by Ukrainian radicals but the in-depth mutual gravity of the Russians and Ukrainians will help bridge this temporary gap,” General Manilov said with confidence.


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