SIMFEROPOL, June 16. /TASS/. Ukrainian politicians are trying to justify their long-term inaction with different protests and statements about the events in Crimea, the republic’s head Sergey Aksyonov said on Tuesday.
"They say foolish things every day, there is nothing surprising in it anymore. People cannot do anything else except expressing their negative opinion after certain events. They need to justify their inaction with something. Because of such attitude, the Crimean people made a unanimous decision to return to their historical homeland," Aksyonov said.
On Monday, Ukrainian foreign minister expressed concern about Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s working visit to Crimea. Ukraine considers the Crimean Peninsula its territory.
Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11. They held a referendum on March 16, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals March 18.
Work to integrate the Crimean Peninsula into Russia’s economic, financial, credit, legal, state power, military conscription and infrastructure systems is actively underway now that Crimea has become part of Russia.
In the Soviet Union, Crimea used to be part of Russia until 1954, when it was gifted to Ukraine by Soviet Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev.