Co-chair of the Central headquarters of the popular front, the Deputy of the state Duma Stanislav Govorukhin and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left to right in the background), the plenary of the regional Forum of the Russian popular front action
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its protest in connection with the visit on 26 October, Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea, which Kyiv considers to be temporarily occupied territory.
According to the Ukrainian foreign Ministry, visits of the Russian leadership in Crimea Kyiv sees as “demonstrative neglect of Russia’s state sovereignty of Ukraine”. The report also says that such trips “have led to economic, social and humanitarian problems on the Peninsula.”
The note of protest sent to the Russian foreign Ministry, stressed the foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
On October 26 Putin in Yalta participated in the forum of the Russian popular front.
Kiev regularly sends notes of protest to the Russian foreign Ministry after the visit of the Crimea by the Russian leadership. Last time, Ukraine’s foreign Ministry protested against the visit to Yalta on August 17 representatives of the Russian authorities, including Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a state Council meeting.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum held on March 16, 2014. More then 95% of the population of the Peninsula voted for joining Russia. Ukrainian authorities and Western countries have called this step “annexation.” Later on Russia was sanctioned.