Putin says Russia's actions in Crimea prevented conflict

President Vladimir Putin said that Russia`s decisive actions in Crimea a year ago were to prevent a conflict similar to the one that followed later in east Ukraine, the state agency RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.

Reuters| Updated: Mar 12, 2015, 15:39 PM IST

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin said that Russia`s decisive actions in Crimea a year ago were to prevent a conflict similar to the one that followed later in east Ukraine, the state agency RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.

Russia annexed Ukraine`s Crimea after a March 16, 2014, referendum on the peninsula in support of joining Russia.