(QHA) -

The first and the last president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, urged the international community to recognize the Crimean Peninsula a part of the Russian Federation, a Russian territory.

"The Crimean hub could not be ignored for long. A mistake was made during the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was then, when the fate of the Crimea should have been decided once and for all. Maybe it's not easy, but the international community must accept the reality and perceive the Crimea as part of Russia," Mikhail Gorbachev said.

Gorbachev also said that in 1954, when he was 23 years old, he was opposed to the delivery of the Crimea to Ukraine.

Earlier in April, a group of MPs representing both majority and opposition parties asked Russia’s Prosecutor General to probe the events leading to the breakup of the Soviet Union. They viewed possible action against former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.