The issue of ownership of the occupied Crimea is closed, there will not be return to the old system.
This was stated by President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"The people of Crimea took the decision and voted. The issue is historically closed. Return to the old system does not exist at all. No," said Putin.
At the same time, Putin said he intends to seek the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
"I'll tell you one thing: We believe that it is necessary to fulfill Minsk agreements in full, without any restrictions and substitution of concepts. And we will sincerely strive for this," the agency quotes Putin as saying.
However, according to the Russian President, Russia will not be able to resolve the matter on its own.
"The participants of Normandy format, as well as the United States, should join us in order to do this, because only they have a real influence on the current Kiev authorities," Putin said.
Just a reminder: Russia occupied Crimea in 2014. The Ukrainian Parliament set the official date of Crimea’s annexation as February 20, 2014.
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