Lev Shlosberg, a Russian politician and member of the political committee of the Russian Yabloko party, believes that the annexation of the Crimea was a big mistake of the Russian Federation. He made a corresponding statement on the air of the radio station Ekho Moskvy on March 16.
“In the 21st century the Russian government did nothing more stupid than joining the Crimea. You see, there are dangerous things, very dangerous. Super dangerous. But there is also dangerous crassitude. And the annexation of the Crimea is a dangerous crassitude," Schlossberg believes.
He also noted that Russia has violated two interstate agreements between Russia and Ukraine.
“One signed by Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin. And the second one with the signature of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”
Reference: March 16, 2014, Russia held a so-called "referendum" in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. On March 18, Putin announced the day of the "annexation" of Crimea to Russia.
Neither Ukraine, nor the European Union, nor the United States recognized this vote, and imposed a number of economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.
The first sanctions against Russia in the US were adopted in 2014 over the annexation of the Crimea, as well as Russian aggression in the East of Ukraine.