Yanukovych is giving a press conference in Rostov after today's failed interview during the court hearing in Kyiv.
The former president announced that he treats annexation of the Crimea by Russia negatively. However he is respectful of the President of the Russian Federation for such a decision.
“I talked about that with Vladimir Putin. This is, to say, his position as a citizen of Russia, as a patriot. And no matter whether I agree or disagree with him. The position is respectable, I’d say, worth of respect,” said the fugitive president.
“But what is my attitude towards Crimean issue. Is it good or bad that the Crimea was withdraw from Ukraine? No. It’s not good. I consider its’ bad,” he added.
Since the illegal annexation of Crimea in March 2014, Russia has been interfering with domestic affairs of national minorities, specifically Crimean Tatars. There were media reports about missing and deceased Crimean Tatars. Many, including the members of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people fled the peninsula, choosing to live in the mainland Ukraine rather than under the Russian rule – non-recognized by most of the civilized countries. Earlier this year, Russia officially banned the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars on its entire territory, including Crimea.