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Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Crimea a day after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant. Putin made the visit on the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. According to media reports, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that earlier Putin was expected to attend the cultural and historical event virtually, but he himself arrived on the spot and surprised everyone.
According to Russian news agency Tass, President Putin’s Friday program was also partly devoted to the situation in Crimea and Putin held a meeting to discuss the socio-economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol.
Let me tell you, Putin participates in events every year on March 18, the anniversary of Russia’s occupation of Crimea. Several times he took part in gala concerts dedicated to this day at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Held special meetings with the public and personally visited Crimea.
The last time Putin visited Crimea was in July 2020. He then inspected the Zaliev shipyard in the city of Kerch of the Russian Navy. In December 2022, he visited the bridge connecting Russia with Crimea, which was damaged in a terrorist attack.