In a speech given before the Members of the highest institutions of the Russian Federation and the Representatives of the Republic of Crimea and Sebastopol, Vladimir Putin spoke out against his colleagues in Western Europe and North America for their incongruous assessments as contrary to international law of the actions and events that led to the independence and later annexation of Crimea. He argued that the circumstances of Crimea, ‘was legitimate and did not require any permission from the country’s central authorities’, because it was a situation similar to that of Kosovo, ‘a precedent our western colleagues created with their own hands’.
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