President of Russia Vladimir Putin was grateful for the support China showed during the UN Security Council meeting as the council sought to declare the Crimean referendum illegal.
“We are grateful to the people of China, whose leadership sees the situation in Crimea in all its historical and political integrity. We highly appreciate India’s restraint and objectivity”, - Putin said.
Moscow vetoed the resolution, while Beijing abstained. China wasn’t able to veto the resolution on Crimea alongside Russia as it has its own domestic issues, but such step now has deepened its relations with Moscow and gained a potential ally for the future when Beijing will have to make hard political decisions.
India also remembers the support Moscow showed in 1975 when New Delhi had the same situation with Sikkim, which became 22nd state of India with 97.5 % of residents voted in favor of reunification with New Delhi.
Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner also showed her support for the Russian Federation recalling that “the UN Charter stipulates the right of people to self-determination, which means that this rule should be applied to all countries without any exception”.