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Former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama: Crimean referendum in accordance with Constitution of Ukraine
Former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama found the Crimean referendum democratic referendum on the reunification of the Crimea with Russia March 16, 2014 passed peacefully, in accordance with democratic norms and reflect the will of the population, said the former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
"(During the trip), I learned that the referendum held in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine, took place peacefully, democratically and reflected the will of the people in the Crimea ", - said Yukio Hatoyama, who visited Crimea in spite of the recommendations of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a press conference in Simferopol on Wednesday.
He said that he arrived in Crimea acquainted with the situation in the region, as the majority of the media in Japan and other Western countries, according to the former prime minister, distort information about events in the region. He said that the people of the Crimea have decided to join the peninsula in the Russian Federation is clearly not under the pressure of military force.
Ex-Prime Minister visited the region, despite the recommendations of the Government of Japan to abandon the trip. "I had the opportunity to see that Crimeans live quite a happy and peaceful life, and the decision to join the Russian clearly was not taken under the pressure of military force, and reflected the aspirations , the mindset of people in the Crimea ", - said Hatoyama.