Putin To 80,000 Russians At Luzhniki: Please, Take A Deep Breath And Answer - Do We Love Russia?


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Good afternoon, my dear friends. I congratulate you on this holiday – the Day of the reunification of Crimea and Sevastopol with Russia. This is a holiday for the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol. We understood this and saw it ourselves in the spring of 2014 during preparations for the referendum, and most importantly, following its outcome. As a result of the referendum, the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol returned to their family of origin, the family of the fraternal peoples of the Russian Federation. But this is also a holiday for our enormous country. I refer to it as enormous since Russia remains the world’s largest territory. If you look at our map, our big map, Crimea and Sevastopol look like a small dot, but we are talking about the restoration of historical justice. We are talking about the importance of this land for our country and our people. Why? It is very simple. Our ancestors have been developing this territory since ancient times. In the 10th century a large part of it was simply incorporated into the Ancient Russian State. Prince Vladimir and his warriors were baptized here in Korsun or Chersonesus.