Press review: US election criticism and Belgium against CETAPress Review October 25, 13:00
Russian deputy PM: Agreements on crude production cap to stabilize oil sector investmentsBusiness & Economy October 25, 12:46
Russia ready to extend Turkish stream after written guarantees from EU — LavrovBusiness & Economy October 25, 12:34
Pablo Picasso paintings come to lifeSociety & Culture October 25, 12:31
Minsk confirms it is ready to host Contact Group meeting October 26World October 25, 12:09
Moscow surprised as Germany places politics above economy — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 25, 12:03
Terrorists cutting off Aleppo residents from humanitarian corridorsWorld October 25, 11:32
Animal abuse probe opened as 2 dolphins, seal and sea lion cub die in Primorye aquariumSociety & Culture October 25, 11:01
South Ossetia's military may be allowed to serve in the Russian army — defense ministerMilitary & Defense October 25, 10:37
“We have done a lot together, but we have even more to do, we have a lot of tasks facing us,” he said. “But I know, and I am sure that we will overcome and will solve everything as we are together,” the president added after several hours earlier a treaty was signed to make Crimea and Sevastopol part of Russia as two new constituent parts.
Putin thanked residents of Crimea and Sevastopol “for consistent and resolute position, for a clearly stated will to be together with Russia”. “We were worrying a lot about them; Russia answered them cordially, turned towards them opening its heart and soul,” the president said.
“We are seriously concerned about the developments in Ukraine, but I believe Ukraine will overcome all difficulties. We are not just neighbors, we are closest relatives, and our future success depends on us — both on Russia and on Ukraine,” the president added.
Putin marked the courage of residents of Sevastopol and Crimea, thanking them “for not betraying the memory of their ancestries, for carrying love for our Fatherland, Russia, through the years, through decades”.