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Pro-Russian Bosnian Serb leader claims Crimea issue "settled"
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The so-called "president" of the self-proclaimed Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Milorad Dodik, has said that the Russian annexation of Crimea is "settled," according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

Speaking about the results of the so-called referendum in Crimea, he said that the "will of the people must be respected," Izvestia wrote.

"Crimea acceded to Russia on the basis of the referendum, and the will of the people must be respected. The Crimean issue has been settled," Dodik said.

He also said that the West does not recognize the will of the people in occupied Crimea, but at the same time, it recognizes the will of the political elite in Kosovo, where a referendum has not even been held.

 After the introduction of its troops, Russia in March 2014 annexed the Ukrainian Crimea, having organized a "referendum" on self-determination. The self-proclaimed Crimean "authorities" stated that 96.77% of people voted in favor of Crimea's accession to Russia. On March 18, the Kremlin signed the so-called "Accession Treaty" regarding Crimea and Sevastopol. Western powers have not recognized the annexation of Crimea and introduced a series of economic sanctions against Russia.


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