MOSCOW, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Sergey Aksyonov, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC), believes that the situation on the peninsula will stabilize by May.
"Over here, there will never be any 'maidan', with its burning tyres and black smoke. Crimea will not let [you] down in this respect," Aksyonov said in an interview published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Monday. "I responsibly promise that already by May Crimea will be tranquil, quiet, and amiable. People of all nationalities will live here and enjoy their life. I invite everyone with open arms".
In response to a question on aid the ARC asked Russia for, Aksynov answered, "Material resources, primarily".
"Following the latest developments, Kiev will not give us anything. And, besides, it will in every way hinder our economic development efforts," the ARC premier pointed out. "Therefore, it would be nice to get economic support at first. I am confident that we shall not be left without help. Neither shall we be like dependents on Russia. I am sure that we shall put the money to good use, and Crimea will start adding revenue to the budget and quickly repay its debts". He pointed out that calculations are currently made as to how much money will be required for assistance to Crimea.
When asked by the newspaper's correspondent whether the leadership of the ARC requested military assistance from Russia, Aksyonov said, "Well, we have enough strength of our own, of course".