Vladimir Putin on Ukraine Crisis

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All quotes by Vladimir Putin on Ukraine Crisis

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.feedback

There's every reason, despite some difficulties, to believe that the Minsk peace process is moving forward. Since April 12, although there have been problems, the situation in the south-east of Ukraine has calmed down.feedback

In Ukraine, which pretends to be a democratic state and wants to be part of a democratic Europe, nothing like that is happening. Where are the murderers of these people? They are simply not there, neither those who carried them out nor those who ordered them, But Europe and North America prefer not to notice.feedback

I have told business leaders not to expect a lifting of the sanctions, because they are purely political. They are a strategic tool to force Russia to cooperate. Some countries want to contain our development. And, by the way, I believe this is not directly related to the events in Ukraine any more.feedback

It would be to no end if those who make decisions fail to conclude that solving this (Ukraine conflict) militarily is impossible. It can be done only peacefully.feedback

We are calling on both sides to exercise restraint and to do everything to ensure the withdrawal of troops and heavy weapons happens without bloodshed and casualties, which nobody wants. We have agreed with President Poroshenko of Ukraine that we will give the order, which I am ready to do, to our military to observe what is happening on the frontline.feedback

We must strive toward implementing the plan we agreed upon. We must immediately commence substantive talks and not only on technical issues, but also on the political organisation of society and the statehood status of south-east Ukraine in order to serve the interests of people living there.feedback

I very much hope the Paralympics will help us reduce the degree of passions around Ukraine.feedback

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.feedback

Everything must be done to ensure the safety of international experts on the scene… For its part, Russia will do all that it can to make the conflict in eastern Ukraine move from today's military phase into the phase of negotiations, into the phase exclusively peaceful and diplomatic.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

In Ukraine, as you can see, our compatriots, Russian people and people of other nationalities, saw their language, culture and civil rights threatened. What kind of reaction did our partners expect from us after how events unfolded in Ukraine? We certainly had no right to leave the Crimean people and Sevastopol citizens at the hands of militant nationalists and radicals.feedback

In the context of acute state crisis the Ukrainian defence industry is practically deprived of the state's support. We all understand very well that a possible break-up of cooperation ties may become critical for the defence industry of Ukraine.feedback

We should say unequivocally – everyone understands who we are talking about – it's the transiting country, Ukraine, who is to blame. This country abuses its status of gas transit country for Europe.feedback

Every nation has the sovereign right over his own style of development, over the choice of its allies, its own political, economic, social and security policies. Russia has always respected and will always respect that. And this fully applies to Ukraine.feedback

The crisis in Ukraine, which was, in fact, engineered and developed by some of our Western partners, is now being used for the resuscitation of the NATO military bloc. But all this of course should be and will be taken into account in our decision-making about the safety of our country.feedback

I want to underline that the planned presidential elections in Kyiv are a move in the right direction, but they won't solve anything if all of the citizens of Ukraine don't understand how their rights will be guaranteed after the elections are held.feedback

We stand for the complete termination of bloodshed on the whole territory of Ukraine, including along our borders. Ukraine should embark on the path of peace, dialogue and accord. The priority is to conduct substantial talks between the authorities in Kyiv and representatives from the south-east regions.feedback

If we observe that our Ukrainian partners, as in 2008, begin removing gas without permission from the export pipeline system, then we, as in 2008, will reduce the volume of exports in proportion to the volume of gas stolen by Ukraine.feedback

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