Marine Le Pen sees no reason for French leaders' hostile attitude towards RussiaWorld March 24, 10:41
Russian Paralympians prepare for PyeongChang 2018 despite suspensionSport March 24, 9:23
Group of militants killed in attempted attack on National GuardWorld March 24, 9:10
Senior Pentagon official calls for information strategy on RussiaWorld March 24, 8:42
South Korea warns North Korea may hold new nuclear test by end of MarchWorld March 24, 7:20
Russian-US experiment to simulate outer space mission named SIRIUSScience & Space March 24, 6:20
Russian research agency selects 10 bids in ‘Flying Car’ contestScience & Space March 24, 5:41
Belarus opens case into plotting riots, 26 suspects detainedWorld March 24, 4:30
Russia chooses new official Olympic kit brandSport March 24, 4:28
MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea’s accession to Russia proceeds amid tragic events in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the State Duma on Thursday.
“Crimea’s historical reunification with Russia proceeds amid tragic events in Ukraine. A coup d’etat was committed in the brotherly country with the support from outside. Unlawfulness continues: the new authorities support actions by national radicals, anti-Semites and other extremists whose actions pose a real threat to people’s life and security,” Lavrov said.
“I want to note gross human rights violations, discrimination and persecutions of grounds of nationality, language and political convictions,” the minister said.
“These facts made the existence of Crimea within the Ukrainian state impossible. The republic’s decision to accede to Russia is based on Crimean peoples’ free expression of the will in the referendum on March 16,” Lavrov said.