Finally, the reunification of Crimea with Russia is based on the will of the local residents in Donetsk and Luhansk citizens voted for independence, and there the situation is different, said the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, answering a question about whether in the East of Ukraine to repeat the Crimean scenario.
"You know, the Crimean scenario is not associated with the position of Russia, It is associated with the position of people who live in the Crimea ", - said Putin, speaking to the Italian newspaper "Il Corriere della Sera" at the beginning of the visit to this country.
He explained that the action of the Russian Federation, " and force actions, was not to seize this territory from Ukraine, And provide an opportunity for the people who live there, to Express their opinion on how they want to arrange their lives ".
"If it were allowed to do the Kosovo Albanians and the Kosovars, why it is forbidden to do, Russians, Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars living in Crimea? Incidentally, the conclusion about the independence of Kosovo was adopted only by the Parliament of Kosovo, And at the same time in the Crimea citizens came to a referendum. I think that the conscientious observer can not fail to observe that the citizens voted almost unanimously for the reunification with Russia ", - noted the head.
He said that the power of the people is a democracy, or power based on the will of the people." Here is the Solution of the Crimean question was based on the will of the people living in Crimea ", - said Putin.
"in Donetsk and Luhansk citizens voted for independence, and there the situation is different. But it is Very important that we all must learn that we must always respect the mood and choices of people. But If someone wants These territories remained from Ukraine, we need these people to prove that from a single country to live it will be better, easier, safer, in this country they will be able to supply their lives and their children's future, " said the President of Russia.
However, He said that to convince these people With weapons is impossible." These questions, such questions can only be solved peacefully, " - said Putin.