From Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's answers to questions at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference, Rome, December 2, 2016
Sergey Lavrov: Well, frankly, Crimea is not a problem. Crimea is Russian Federation territory, which returned to Russia, where it belongs, on the basis of the results of the referendum of the population. And anyone who wants to see for themselves what is going on in Crimea is invited to come. Quite a number of members of your parliament, members of the French parliament visited and without any bias they saw the real situation in Crimea, including the situation of the Crimean Tatars - which I discussed yesterday in Turkey with the Turkish Foreign Minister -, including the decision of president Putin immediately after Crimea came back to Russia to pass a decree on political rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars, which was never done under Ukrainian control. He also passed a decree making Crimean Tatar language one of the three state languages together with the Russian and Ukranian, which was also never done. And we adopted, the Russian government adopted a special program to promote economic, social and general development of Crimea including the Crimean Tatars. And, once again, those who want to see for themselves and not insist on ultimata, they should, indeed, come and see.