Russian PM Medvedev says Crimea is Russia's destiny

"Crimea is not an economic issue," he said in an interview with Russian media.

Russian PM Medvedev says Crimea is Russia's destiny

World Bulletin/News Desk

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday the return of Crimea, annexed from Ukraine earlier this year, was Russia's destiny, echoing President Vladimir Putin's remarks.

"Crimea is not an economic issue," he said in an interview with Russian media. "When we speak about Crimea ... we realise that it is our history, our destiny and our pain too ... and that there is a great number of our people (living there), who have voted this year to return to the Russian Federation."

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine earlier this year, sparking the worst East-West crisis in decades and triggering Western sanctions, ranging from asset freezes to visa bans.

Medvedev said on Wednesday U.S. policy lacked predictability, commenting on Washington's decision to impose several rounds of sanctions against Russia.

"The question is about the adequacy and predictability of one's partners," Medvedev said. "And what are the Americans doing? They are imposing sanctions against our country, they are trying to hammer together an unfriendly front against Russia. These are unfriendly activities, this is absolutely evident."

Medvedev claimed Asian financial markets were "generally ready" to work with Russian companies and banks and could become an alternative to Western markets which had been closed by sanctions.

"Our companies cannot borrow anything in Europe or in America," he said. "Regarding Asia, it is not that bad there: we are working with our partners, they are generally ready to work with our banks."

Medvedev also said Russia would need "quite a long time" to curb its dependence on revenues from energy exports.

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