Mikhail Gorbachev hails Crimea annexation to Russia

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gobachev said Crimea annexation to Russia corrects Soviet-era mistake.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   March 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM
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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev supported Crimea's decision to join Russia, saying it corrected a Soviet-era mistake.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty Tuesday to annex Crimea to Russia.

Gorbachev hailed the Crimean voters' decision to secede from Ukraine.

"While Crimea had previously been joined to Ukraine based on the Soviet laws, which means [Communist] party laws, without asking the people, now the people themselves have decided to correct that mistake," he said Monday.

"This should be celebrated, not sanctioned," he added.

About 60 percent of the population of Crimea is Russian speaking.

[The Moscow Times]

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