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Ilya Ponomarev
To be honest, I think he was never that interested in high politics and decisions like Crimea. Nobody is perfect, but I don't think he was engaged in serious corruption. He was doing some investigations and was very dangerous for the FSB.
Mar 23 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Crimea. 95 people are quoted and you can read 175 citations of them about Crimea. Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Vladimir Putin said: “It is another very important solution for the long-term development of Crimea.”.
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Christopher Granville

From here, Russian diplomacy will be cautious, deliberative – looking for deals and give-and-take – while of course standing firmly on their red lines, such as Crimea.

Donald J. Trump

Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia. [T]his Russian connection non-sense [sic] is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!

Donald J. Trump

Other than H&R Block, I think people are going to love it. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!

Dmitry Peskov

The theme of returning Crimea will not be discussed ... Russia does not discuss its territorial integrity with foreign partners.

Maria V. Zakharova

"We don't give back our own territory. Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation,"

Maria V. Zakharova

"We don't give back our own territory,". "Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation.".

Vyacheslav Volodin

Let's wait for some first-hand words from the U.S. president. When people get elected by voters it's not merely for warm words and the ability to speak, but for concrete promises ... that will be fulfilled.

John McCain

"General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the president suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections,"

John McCain

General Flynn's resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus. General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.

Oana Lungescu

We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.

Oana Lungescu

NATO has been dealing with a significant increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Such a call never took place and this was an obvious example of disinformation. We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.

Mitch McConnell

Putin's a former KGB [the main security agency for the Soviet Union] agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.

Mitch McConnell

Putin's a former KGB agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does. America is different, we don't operate in any way the way the Russians do. I think there's a clear distinction here that all Americans understand, and no, I would not have characterised it that way. I obviously don't see this issue the same way he does.

Mitch McConnell

Putin's a former KGB agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does. There's no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election, and I don't think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that. I think the states can take a look at this issue.

Mitch McConnell

Well, Putin is a former KGB. He's agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.

Juri Ratas

What I know and understand (is) that the U.S., they said that they keep the sanctions (against Russia)… if we are talking (about) Crimea, it is very important that we have here this common understanding between European Union and U.S.

Nikki Haley

We do want to better our relations with Russia. And the crisis is spreading, endangering many more. The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.

John Cornyn

Our country is no longer respected by many of our friends around the world because we have withdrawn from international leadership. We are no longer feared by our adversaries, who are all too quick to fill the leadership vacuum around the world … Russia being perhaps the most obvious example, not only in Crimea and Ukraine but obviously, in Syria and now in Libya. And it's dangerous, it's destabilising.

Mitch McConnell

I'm against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. These sanctions were imposed because of their behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.

Joe Biden

Together with our EU and G7 partners, we made a clear that sanctions remain in place until Russia fully emphasises, fully implements, its commitments under the Minsk agreement, and that the Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.

Donald J. Trump

@FoxNews 'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.' Oh really, couldn't do...much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?

Donald J. Trump

The people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that, also.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

They're taking territory or control, or declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China's. Building islands and putting military assets on those islands is akin to Russia's taking Crimea (from Ukraine). It's taking of territory that others lay claim to.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests. It has invaded Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea, and supported Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

[Russia] has invaded Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea, and supported Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.

Vladimir Putin

It is another very important solution for the long-term development of Crimea.

Vladimir Putin

To occupy Crimea and interfere in eastern Ukraine and continues to threaten other nations in the region.

Michael McFaul

Modernization is quite different from expansion. Modernization is allowed under the New START treaty; expansion is not. Putin is smartly playing down the tweet because he has several concessions that he wants to secure from President Trump -- lifting of sanctions, support for his war in Syria, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia -- and therefore does not want to rock the boat right now by reacting to this vague Trump statement.

John Kirby

This decision by the Treasury Department had nothing to do with the time on the clock. It had everything to do with Russia's activities and support for the separatists in Ukraine and for their occupation of Crimea.

Svetlana Fomenko

Crimea is a part of Ukraine. It's only our national authorities who can decide to which museum they should return. As you know, Crimea is occupied by the Russian Federation and we have no access to Crimea, we cannot protect our cultural heritage in Crimea.

Mitch McConnell

Well, let me just speak for myself. The Russians are not our friends. They invaded Crimea. Senator McCain and I and our Democratic friends met with the delegation from the Baltic countries just this past week. To say that they are nervous about the Russians is to put it mildly.

Romain Nadal

France is concerned about the deployment of Russian warships off Crimea's coastline. We call on all parties to refrain from all escalation and urge dialogue to which France is ready to contribute in all possible ways.

Dmitry Peskov

In the Kremlin, we wouldn't want to see any actions by the Ukrainian side that breached international law and that might create dangerous conditions for international flights over the territory of Russia and adjacent regions.

Oleksander Turchynov

We will continue to strengthen the defense capability of our nation and continue missile tests and training.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We think it is important to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all nations, including Ukraine and therefore we will never respect or accept the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

Artem Zhavoronkov - Dentons

In general, EU-based parent companies can be held liable if they have instructed their local unit to act in violation of the sanctions.

Vladimir Putin

Russia didn't annex anything. Everything that happened in Crimea stems from the unlawful actions of certain political forces which led to the coup in Ukraine. Crimea joined the Russian Federation because it was the will of the people living in this territory.

Matthew Rojansky

Rather than being an intentional choice, I think the disappointing outcome in Crimea is an unintended consequence of this haphazard approach to spending and long term planning.

Timothy Ash

Putin never likes to take chances with domestic politics, and will want to impress on the Russian electorate his own strength, and how lucky they are to be Russians citizens, as perhaps compared to their Ukrainian counterparts.

Timothy Ash

How better to provide a distraction therein than through a re-escalation on the ground in Crimea/Donbas, allowing Russians and Ukrainians to question what has been gained from independence by Ukraine.

Timothy Ash

So perhaps this latest re-escalation is a warning to the Poroshenko administration not to cross red lines. In the past, military re-escalation in the East has worked to destabilize the macro economy in Ukraine...There may thus be a desire to go back to past proven policies and to try and weaken the comparative Ukrainian economic performance.

Volodymyr Yelchenko - United Nations

The scenario looks very similar and very familiar. That's why we stand ready for any further provocative developments, the convening of the Security Council is being considered. We still hope that it will not bring the conflict to another level, but it seems that it is quite possible unfortunately.

Vladimir Putin

I think it is obvious for everyone now that the current Kyiv authorities are not seeking a way to solve the problems through talks but choose terror. This is very concerning.

Vladimir Putin

The people who seized power in Kiev ... have switched to terror tactics instead of searching for ways for a peaceful settlement. Russia would not let such actions pass without a response. The attempt to provoke an outbreak of violence, to provoke a conflict is nothing other than a desire to distract (Ukrainian) society from its problems.

Donald J. Trump

OK -- well, he's there in a certain way. But I'm not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you're talking about and all of the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he's going away. He takes Crimea.

Ray Mabus

Fuel can be used as a weapon. All you have to do is look at what Russia did to Crimea, what Russia did to the Ukraine. Look at what Russia tried to do to Europe before the price of oil went down.

Dmytro Polonsky

Ukraine is celebrating, 12 years (since the country's last victory) Eurovision will be coming back to Kyiv. A big party was organised at Musafir, a Crimean Tatar restaurant opened by Crimean Tatars who moved to Kyiv from Crimea a year and a half ago. This victory is symbolic for Ukraine, as one of the favourites was Russia whose singer Sergei Lazarev finished in the top three. Jamala flies back to Kyiv this afternoon (on Sunday), and she'll be holding a huge concert in Kyiv that had been planned before her trip to Stockholm.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The NATO-Russia Council will discuss the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements. We will discuss military activities, with particular focus on transparency and risk reduction. We will also address the security situation in Afghanistan, including regional terrorist threats. This meeting is the continuation of our political dialogue, as agreed by NATO Heads of State and Government.

Petro Poroshenko

We'll immediately sign a new agreement and provide power to Crimea, but the contract must say that electricity will be supplied to Crimea as part of Ukraine.

Yulia Tymoshenko

The US will not accept the annexation of Crimea. That was the essential part of the statement for us. And we believe and hope that in the near future, Crimea will be returned to Ukraine.

Sergio Cantone - Euronews

So the United States is giving strong support to Ukraine in the conflict against Russia. But, at the same time, they are asking for much more efforts in the fight against corruption.

Maria Korenyuk

Moscow claims its working hard to speed up the construction of an energy bridge along the bottom of the Kerch Strait to Crimea. The first stage of the project should be completed by the start of 2016, the second by next summer.

Marc Pierini

I don't think it's on the cards. We have a new setup in the Middle East. We have Iran, which is back to the table because of the nuclear deal so it has a new sort of respectability. And we have Russia, which essentially has been acting unchallenged. Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, now Syria. What are the consequences for Russia? Very little. So, I think this is a game where, in a way, the West, because of the limitations to its own military actions – in particular the US, of course, in the case of Syria – is a little bit bound to be an observer or a follower.

Vladimir Putin

Inter-ethnic relations are a delicate matter. I see any speculation on any sort of special rights for one particular ethnicity as extremely dangerous.

Tomasz Siemoniak

Russia must not be judged by its words, but by its actions and these actions over the past year-and-a-half have not left us optimistic. The annexation of Crimea and (Russia's) activity in eastern Ukraine has left eastern European nations feeling apprehensive.

Sergey Bratkov

That was shot in Crimea. An old lady who probably doesn't have relatives comes to eat her soup. She takes a jar of soup and she's so hungry that she even gathers up the bread crumbs.

Angela Merkel

Because of the criminal annexation of Crimea which violated international law and the military clashes in eastern Ukraine, our mutual cooperation has suffered a serious setback – serious, because we see it as a violation of the principles of the common European peace. The lesson of history is that we have to try everything to solve conflicts – as difficult as they might seem – peacefully and in dialogue and that means diplomatically.

Tatiana Gerasimova

Unfortunately most of the active organisers of these events have avoided punishment. They are located either in the Crimea, or in Donetsk or Moscow and shamelessly trying to teach us how we must live, talking about the benefits of a federal Ukraine.

Noam Chomsky

No, no, no, no. That's not protecting. Crimea was taken away after the overthrow of the government, right. And this is not protecting Ukraine, it is threatening Ukraine with major war. Now that's not protection. The point is, this is a serious strategic threat to Russia, which any Russian leader would have to react to. That's well understood.

Vladimir Putin

We realised that the question of Crimea is not just a question of territory, even territory of strategic importance. This deals with the millions of Russian people, about the millions of our compatriots who need our help and support… Thank you for your support. Long live Russia!

Ivan Laverentjev

The purpose of the memorandum is to send a message that we, Russian-speakers living in Estonia, don't want to see those famous 'little-green-men' come here like they did in Ukraine in Crimea… People here want to live in an independent Estonia, not in some kind of 'New-Russia.

Vladimir Putin

Unfortunately not only did we not get any distinct answer to our suggestion, but we saw contrary actions. That is Kyiv authorities gave an official order to start full-scale military actions along almost the entire battle line.

Catherine Ashton

Without question, this is in breach of Russia's international obligations and its commitments. We talked about the potential of suspending bilateral talks on visa matters and the New Agreement, and will consider targeted measures.

Tomas Fiala - Dragon Capital

When the political change started Friday a week ago, Eurobond prices moved up five points, then on Monday last week another five points. The stock-market went up 20 percent, and there was a lot of money still coming in, but it was kept back by the news from Crimea.

Alexei Matuskov

Our country was ready to join a union of dictators, with Lukashenko, (president of Belarus), Nazarbaev, (president of Kazakhstan), and Putin. I think that what the Ukrainians were able to do was a great feat, and we were able to escape that yoke. And Putin is very angry now because his plan has failed.

Anatoli Mareta

Right now, I think that Ukraine is in an expectant mood. Well, we hope that if anything starts here like it did with the war in Ossetia, that Russia won't stand on the sidelines.

Alexander Lukashenko - European Union

You should go to Crimea and negotiate how to make it Ukrainian yourself. Don't lose Crimea.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

Yeah, but we never had any intention to deploy NATO troops to Crimea. So it's a very very bad excuse for what is an illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea into the Russian Federation. There is no excuse. Russia is in blatant breach of all its international commitments and also in breach of the fundamental principles of NATO-Russia cooperation.

Vitaly Onyschchenko

They intruded from both sides, the army territory base is big. One truck came from the side of the checkpoint and another one came from the munitions gate. It was a group of around 35-60 people.

Sergei Ryabkov

US policymakers need to calm down, maybe do some yoga and accept that Crimea is now part of Russi.

Oleksander Turchinov

The National Defence and Security Council has instructed the Defence Ministry to carry out a re-deployment of military units in Crimea and carry out the evacuation of their families.

Dmitry Linnik

We know that Ukraine, as well as Georgia back in 2008, toyed with the idea of NATO membership. And NATO membership was dangled in front of them, even though the prospect of that was never particularly realistic. But again it's this threat of NATO emerging right on Russia's doorstep that pushed things off the cliff. And that's resulted in Crimea, in the annexation or reunification as the Russians and Crimeans would term that. But on the part of Russia it was a defensive step.

Vladimir Putin

On the matter of sanctions, they're not just a nervous reaction of the US or its allies to our position regarding the events and coup in Ukraine, or the so-called Crimea spring. I'm sure that if none of this had happened, they would have invented some other reason to contain Russia's growing power, to influence Russia or use Russia to their own ends.

Vladimir Putin

In spite of our unprecedented openness and readiness to cooperate on the most difficult questions, and even though we regard our enemies of yesterday as our closest friends and allies, we no longer have any doubt that they would happily see us disintegrate like Yugoslavia. We did not let that happen when Hitler tried it. Let everyone remember how those kinds of things end.

Vladimir Putin

The historical reunification of Crimea and Sebastopol with Russia finally happened. This has a special importance for our people, our country, because our people live in Crimea, and the territory is strategically important. It is a sacred source of our multi-faced but unified Russian nation.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Crimea is Ukrainian territory. People in Donetsk and Luhansk have had their property taken from them. Vladimir Putin, it's our Crimea, our Yalta, our sea and our territory.

Barack Obama

We have sent a clear message that we are prepared to work with anybody, if their genuine interest is making sure that Ukraine is able to govern itself. And, as indicated before, something I think is not an emphasised enough: They are currently scheduled to have elections in May.

Vladimir Putin

The recent events in Crimea were a serious examination and they demonstrated the quality of the new abilities of our military personnel, as well as the high moral spirit of the staff.

Angelina Kariakina

What's your opinion on the situation in Crimea? What does it mean for Ukraine and for Ukrainians?

Angelina Kariakina

While celebrations on the results of referendum are underway in Crimea, in the main square of Donetsk, where a brutal clash took place just a few days ago, it is practically empty. No slogans or music here tonight.

Serhiy Taruta

I don't believe in such a scenario. I believe in common sense. This is not Crimea. More than nine out of ten local people realise that any intervention is really dangerous and will destabilise life in the region. It will lead to a long-term conflict. I believe the Russian side realises this as well. I also believe that suggesting scenarios of this sort is a kind of psychological attack on people, to provoke them. I don't see a threat, but the information I have tells me we can protect our region.

Sergio Cantone - Euronews

We are in front of one of Ukraine's military bases in the Crimean peninsula. The situation at the base is turning into a major political problem. Namely, what will now happen to the Ukrainian soldiers inside now that the region has voted to join Russia?

Sergio Cantone - Euronews

I feel humiliated, I have no future, I don't see any future here in Crimea. Ukraine, the government in Kyiv, we have the feeling that they don't care whether Crimea is part of Ukraine or not. They just don't care. They make decisions in Kyiv and have forgotten Ukrainians still live here. There is something else you must understand; nobody is going to fight against the pro-Russia self-defence forces. If the decision is taken to formally join Russia, the brigade will not fight, they will give up.

Catherine Ashton

We decided today to introduce additional measures: most specifically, restrictive measures against 21 individuals responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

William Hague

Clearly we are very concerned about any possibly of a further move by Russia in other parts of Ukraine but that does not mean the position in the Crimea is stable. This is a very tense situation and dangerous situation that Russia's intervention has now produced.

Alexey Poushkov

We acknowledged very serious disagreements (with MEPs) in assessments of the situation in the Ukraine. However we came to the conclusion that it's better to minimize the damage which could occur in this situation because it's neither in in the interest of Russia nor of the EU: that's where we agreed.

James Franey - Euronews

It is interesting that Ukraine is going to be a key foreign policy issue for Obama over the coming months. Could we say that this rebalancing, or pivot, to Asia…whatever you want to call it…is going to have to be radically reviewed – that in fact Europe's borders are again going to be the centre of American foreign policy, going forward?

Guillaume Xavier-Bender

NATO has always had a big role to play in Europe, despite the new operations much further away from the borders of Europe but it's always had a role to play. But I think the positioning of the Europeans and the European Union itself will be instrumental – whether member states decide themselves to really act in building a real defence policy for Europe or if this crisis in Ukraine shows how relevant NATO still is for European defence and if more of their capacity actually goes to NATO.

Ashot Barsyegyan

There will be a period of adaptation and business will suffer. There are some links between the Crimean and Ukrainian economies – production links, consumer links and financial links.

Elena Knyazeva

Cards unfortunately still don't work with roubles, but we hope the banks will change that so people can pay in roubles with cards.

John Kerry

Neither we or the international community will recognise the result of this referendum.

Mustafa Cemilev

I am not saying that (NATO) soldiers should come and chase these Russian troops out from our territory. But a series of measures should be worked out to make it impossible (for Russia) to commit without punishment this sort of aggressive action against its neighbours.

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

European borders recognised under international law have already been redrawn in response to outside pressure. For the first time in Europe since the end of the Cold War, a State has used force to annex part of another State. Russia has broken international law. That is unacceptable. We must treat the Crimea crisis as a wake-up call, one which prompts us to rethink our European Neighbourhood Policy and our relations with Russia.

Vladimir Putin

It is primarily they who are deciding how Ukraine lives today. The so-called Ukrainian authorities introduced a scandalous law on the revision of the language policy, which directly violated the rights of the national minorities.

Vladimir Putin

Those who were behind recent events, they were … preparing a coup d'etat, another one. They were planning to seize power, stopping at nothing. Terror, murder, pogroms were used.

Vladimir Putin

They have come to believe in their exceptionalism and their sense of being the chosen ones. That they can decide the destinies of the world, that it is only them who can be right.

Vladimir Putin

We are grateful to the people of China, where the government saw–and sees–the situation of Crimea and of Ukraine in all its historic and political integrity.

Vladimir Putin

I believe the Europeans will understand me, and the Germans first of all. I would remind you that, during the political consultations held on the reunification of the two Germanies, the representatives of some of Germany's allies did not support the same idea of that reunification, while, in contrast, our country did support the sincere and unlimited desire of the Germans for national reunification.

Vladimir Putin

Don't believe all those voices that tell you to be afraid of Russia, who cry that after Crimea other regions will go. We don't want Ukraine to split up. We don't need that. Where Crimea is concerned, she was and remains Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar.

Gerard Araud

If Crimea should be annexed by Russia it would be very serious. And it would have lots of consequences on international relations. Some of them being announced by the last European Council. So, it [the meeting ] was really a call to the Russians that we want to negotiate, we want a political settlement. Please don't worsen this crisis.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

Americans and Europeans are seeing the unfolding events in Ukraine with grave concern, especially the situation in Crimea. But the overall message is: There is no reason to panic – at least for now.

Sergio Cantone - Euronews

Finally here are the Russian APCs with number plates and identification signs. They are on the road from Sevastopol to Simfereopol. But it is not clear where are they heading.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

Following the annexation of Crimea, global markets reacted only moderately, if at all. Is it that global investors just don't care about Ukraine? And, if that is the case, who is paying the economic price for Russian aggression?

Rebecca Harms

We must not fall into a military confrontation to make it clear to Russia that if it wants to isolate itself, this isolation is going to happen!

Bronislaw Komorowski

This is the place ( Lask Air base) where you can clearly see a lasting Polish-American alliance within NATO.

Sergio Cantone - Euronews

People in Simferopol see this as a provocation by Western countries, because they feel they do not want to accept the choice of most people in Crimea, who are willing to move toward Russia, or, at least, to move away from Ukraine, especially after the Maidan revolution.

Sergei Tsekov

In Crimea everything is calm, there are no worries, people are mostly happy and that is above all because we feel safe under the protection of the Russian Federation.

Sergei Tsekov

We choose Russia from a necessary defence point of view. The Russian Federation protects us.

Gabor Acs

We tried to get there four times but unfortunately all times we were refused entering (sic) by unknown armed and uniformed military personnel – exactly not military, because we don't know whether they were military police – there was no clear identification on them.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We discussed (the situation of) the Tatars in Crimea in great detail. About this issue, Putin has said that his approach is positive and he is offering and willing to offer maximum rights to Crimean Tatars that they never had before.

Philip Breedlove - Air Force

To the point of Odessa and Transdniestria, let me just say: we are very concerned about that. We know the capability absolutely exists to do that and cause that problem. We don't know about the intent. What we do see is some of the same rhetoric that was used when they went into Crimea.

Yulia Tymoshenko

I think the world has understood for a long time, that an authoritarian regime has been created in Russia, along with a closed economy. And rather unhealthy processes are being developed. The world has wondered how to normalise this situation. Putin has now given the world the opportunity to basically destroy the regime in Russia, which threatens world peace. Crimea and Ukraine are traps for Putin and he has walked into them. So I think the countdown has begun for the end of his regime.

Andrei Isaev

This year Russia was joined by two new members of the Federation – Crimea and Sevastopol. We welcome them!

Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine has never, ever had such a level of support in the world and in Europe. It would be simply impolite not to grant us membership perspective.

Petro Poroshenko

We have a significant problem, they say that we lost Crimea. No, we have an invasion in Crimea, but Crimea will be back together with us…not by military means.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

At the same time, we will step up our engagement with the Ukrainian civilian and military leadership. We will strengthen our efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military, including with more joint training and exercises.

Sergey Shuvalnikov

The following questions will be put on the referendum. First, do you vote for the reunion of Crimea with the Russian Federation, as a subject of the Russian federation? Second, do you vote for the 1992 constitutional restoration, and for for Crimea to be part of Ukraine?

Rustam Temirgaliev

The only lawful armed force on the territory of the Crimea is the Russian armed forces.

Barack Obama

Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine.

Barack Obama

The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law.

Darth Vader

I have one little tiny thing, tiny thing, which (Russian President Vladimir) Putin needs. And in return he will give us Crimea.

Mikhail Semin

As they say, thank Putin and Yanukovich for this. It was a great life under Kuchma (Leonid Kuchma, former Ukraine president), we worked then. And what do we have now? I only make one trip a week. Is this a salary?

Dmitry Medvedev

(I'm) in Simferopol. Today the government will discuss the development of Crimea here.

Petro Poroshenko

We don't accept any scenario of federalisation. We don't accept and we fight against any separatist movement. We fight for the fact that Ukraine should be united: strong, powerful, economically sustained, and I think that we will have a first and very quick result.

Philip Breedlove - Air Force

We don't see combat formations but we see troops that are there specifically to get backbone, guidance and training to the Russian-backed forces in the east.

Piotr Smolar - Le Monde

Separatism is an old sea serpent, especially in the region of Crimea, which, let's remember, only became a part of Ukraine recently, in 1954, thanks to Khrushchev. There is, effectively, considerable tension today in this region, but it mustn't be exaggerated into a disaster scenario. It's not certain that such a departure from Ukraine and a realisation of this threat of separation would really be in Russia's interests. Again, things are more complicated than that on the ground.

James Franey - Euronews

In 2009 it was the US President who said he wanted a reset in relations with Russia. Now the very same man has led calls here to suspend Russia from the G8. A new Cold War? Well maybe not. But amid all the US talk of pivots to Asia, it is clear that Europe's borders have once again become the epicentre of global geopolitics.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

The annexation of Crimea through a so-called referendum held at gunpoint is illegal and illegitimate and it undermines all efforts to find a peaceful solution.

Vitaliy Klitschko

They announced that they would annex Crimea. They have the same plan for the Georgian occupied regions and apparently they have the same plans for Transnistria. Nobody since Hitler has tried anything like that in Europe. And remember back then, people were saying: let's give him that and maybe he will calm down. He didn't calm down. (The) more you feed these countries to them, (the) more these people go on.

Carl Bildt

They have to take back the decision by the Federation Council, which was a decision to threaten an invasion of a neighbouring country. And they have to take their forces back to the barracks (bases) in Crimea.

Vladimir Putin

Demonstrated both the completely new capabilities of our Armed Forces and the high morale of the personnel.

Piotr Bereza

My wife had a baby yesterday…we want the state to look after the needs of refugees, people from Crimea and the Donetsk region. There are a lot of refugees from the east, from Luhansk and Donetsk regions. There is no state assistance, just help from charities and volunteers.

Petro Poroshenko

I'm sure what we are all fighting for is peace, calm and security, an economic upturn, absence of corruption and total international solidarity with Ukraine, which will enable us to not only restore order in the east, but also return Crimea soon.

Matteo Salvini

We are still independentists, federalists. We want independence everywhere, from Scotland to Catalonia or Crimea to Veneto. With Marine Le Pen we share some battles on immigration, taxes, agriculture, the euro, and the traditional family model. We still are federalists. She has another political vision. We want to create a movement at a European level because Italy cannot fight alone.

Lidia Taran

We are outraged that citizens of Ukraine – residents of Crimea but first and foremost citizens of Ukraine – are being denied the right to objective information and stripped of the channels of the country they live in.

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

Attempting to monitor the human rights situation in Crimea has become a near impossible task.

Vladimir Chizhov

They have been hearing threats that so-called 'friendship trains' loaded with armed supporters of the Kyiv Maidan were on their way to Crimea. Naturally the local population is worried.

Vladimir Chizhov

There are no troops whatsoever, no Russian troops at least. The international airport of Simforopol is functioning normally. The military airport of Belbek is probably also functioning normally.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

We, as Ukraine, state that we are ready to defend our sovereignty and we are convinced that Russia will not resort to military intervention on the territory of Ukraine. Any such intervention would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia.

Vladimir Putin

It was our country that chased the Nazis into their lair, achieved their full and final destruction. We won and paid the price of millions of victims and terrible disasters. We will always protect this sacred truth and we won't allow anyone to forget or betray the heroes.

Vladimir Putin

This is the day of national triumph, of people's pride, of sorrow and of eternal remembrance. This is the holiday when we celebrate the all-mighty force of patriotism, when all of us have very strong feelings of what it means to be loyal to your motherland and how important it is to defend its interests.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

A number of military forces of the Russian Federation are deployed in Crimea. We can not figure out the reason why Russian boots are in Ukrainian ground. What happened in Crimea is unconstitutional and resembles me a coup supported by the Russian government and the Russian military.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

The Ukrainian government is legitimate and let me remind to President Putin that this government was supported by the constitutional majority of the Ukrainian MPs with 371 votes. We are legitimate and we are to fulfill our responsibilities.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

There are no grounds, I underline there are no grounds for using force against Ukrainians, the peaceful citizens of Ukraine. And there were no, are no, and will be no grounds for bringing in Russian military forces. And for these actions the price must be paid. No-one will give Crimea back to anyone.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

We urge Russian Federation to pull back its military forces deployed in Crimea to barracks and to start real talks and negotiations.

Vitaly Churkin

I'll give a direct answer; Russians don't want war. We don't want to escalate the situation.

John Kerry

We urge the Russian Federation to pull back its military forces deployed in Crimea to barracks and to start real talks and negotiations.

Vladimir Putin

Moving forward, we'll need to put a lot of work into adopting Crimea and bringing it in line with the Russian Federation's constitution, economy and social system.

Petro Poroshenko

I'm absolutely sure that Crimea will be free very soon. Crimean Tatars, together with Ukrainians, will restore democracy and freedom in the region.

Petro Poroshenko

The number one issue is that Ukraine will never recognize the illegitimate referendum and will never recognize the occupation of Crimea. And the strategic choice for the development of our country has been made by the Ukrainian people. Today, on May 25, in the first round the people have made their choice. And that choice is European integration.

Petro Poroshenko

All the polls show that the election has been completed in one round and the country has a new president.

Samantha Power - United Nations

The fact that Russia has chosen to call an emergency session in protest is yet another indication that the authorities in Moscow either underestimate the intelligence of the world community or that they are trying to replicate in eastern Ukraine the charade that they were responsible for in Crimea. We are outraged by that prospect but we are not fooled.

Barack Obama

The truth is that Mr. Putin acted out of weakness, not out of strength. We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine. What we are going to do is mobilise all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message, which is that Ukrainians should decide their own destiny.

Vladimir Putin

Our Western partners, led by the US, prefer to practice their politics guided not by international law, but the law of the strong. They have come to believe that they are exceptionally qualified and empowered to resolve the fates of the world. They bring power to bear against sovereign states and build coalitions based on the principle 'whoever's not with us is against us.

John Kerry

Russia's clear and unmistakable involvement in destabilising and engaging in separatist activities in eastern Ukraine is more than deeply disturbing. No one should be fooled and believe me, no one is fooled, by what could potentially be a contrived context for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea.

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