Sunday, 5 October 2014

Crimea Back in ‘Home Port’ to Russia!

Crimea's secession from Ukraine was just like Kosovo's secession from Serbia, and any arguments otherwise are just attempts to bend the West-advocated rules that were applied to the Kosovo case, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) – Crimea is back in its “home port” after a long and difficult journey, the Russian president told a crowd of about 120,000 people, who gathered in Moscow’s Red Square to show their support for the breakaway peninsula.

The Black Sea peninsula with a Russian ethnic majority signed a reunification treaty with Moscow after a referendum in which some 96.7 percent of voters backed joining Russia after 60 years as part of Ukraine.

“After a difficult, long and exhausting journey, Crimea and Sevastopol have returned to Russia – to their home harbor, their home shores, their home port,” Vladimir Putin said.

He thanked Crimean residents for their “clearly expressed will to be a part of Russia.”

The “We Are Together” rally and concert began at 18:30 Moscow time [2:30 p.m. GMT] and ended an hour and a half later.

The Moscow city police department said in a statement that it gathered about 120,000 people, including activists of various political parties and public organizations.

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