Crimean referendum corrects USSR mistake, sanctions are inappropriate – Gorbachev

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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev believes that possible western sanctions aimed at Russia after the Crimean referendum are inappropriate. «They must have very good reasons to declare such sanctions. Moreover, this decision must be supported by the UN,» Mikhail Gorbachev said on Monday.

«This cannot be done on the grounds of free will of the people in the region, and the possible integration of the Crimea into the Russian Federation » he added. Gorbachev welcomed the referendum, which «ended so successfully, meeting the expectations of the Crimean people.»

«Previously, the Crimea was annexed to Ukraine under Soviet law, meaning the Communist party did it without asking the people. Now the people themselves have decided to correct this mistake. We should welcome their decision, rather than impose sanctions for it,» Gorbachev said.