Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation returned Ukraine its note of protest over Putin's visit to Crimea without consideration. It was reported by the press service of Russia’s MFA.
"This note, as well as other appeals of this kind that have come to us, was returned by the Russian Foreign Ministry to the Ukrainian side without consideration due to the lack of grounds for protest," the statement reads.
The department said they did not consider it necessary to inform the Ukrainian side before the arrival of Russian officials in the Crimea and Sevastopol. This is argued by the fact that they are considered to be federal units of the Russian Federation.
"We urge the Ukrainian side to finally accept the reality of Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s belonging to the Russian Federation," the Ministry added.
As we reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to occupied Crimea on January 9 to watch the Russian army launch rockets, as Radio Liberty informed.
The Russian president did not coordinate his trip to Crimea with the Ukrainian authorities.
On the occupied peninsula, Putin watched the launches of 'Caliber' cruise missiles from the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser, potentially capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and the new dagger hypersonic missiles.