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VLADIVOSTOK, April 26. /TASS/. Destiny of the people living in Crimea was the main consideration in the process of decision-making on the region’s future, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary film that Rossiya One channel devoted to the 15th anniversary since his accession to the top state positions.
"I think we did the right things and I don’t regret about anything," he said.
"The main thing for us was to understand what the people living in Crimea wanted," Putin said. "Did they want to stay in Ukraine or to be together with Russia?"
"If people wanted to return to Russia and not to be trampled on by the power of neo-Nazis, far-rightwing radicals or the Banderites, then we didn’t have the right to abandon them and this was an absolutely principled position," he said.
"I told my counterparts about it at the time. I told them that people were the most crucial factor for us," Putin said. "I said, I don’t know what interests you’re going to defend but we’ll go to the very end defending our own interests."
"That’s a matter of paramount importance. Not because we want to grab or eat up something and not even because of Crimea’s strategic significance for the Black Sea area," he said. "Simply, this is an element of historic fairness.".