||Downturn wipes out 500b from russians wealth (The Times, 30 August, 2012). "When I went to Crimea, Russia had just declared it was going to withdraw from Ukraine. People there are now living on less than two dollars a day." (The Times, 3 October, 2012)
It was the Crimea referendum last year which led to the lifting of sanctions against Russia. In the wake of it Putin and his supporters were claiming that the Russian media was responsible for all the turmoil and unrest in the region. At the time that Crimea voted to join Russia, the Kremlin was threatening to pull out troops from the region.
However, Putin has said that he doesn't believe that the Crimean authorities and the armed forces of Ukraine have done anything wrong or that they were forced to pull out on their own. And his comments point towards an easing of tension. However, as the referendum takes place, and after the vote results came in, it seems that the Russians will not stand by their word and claim to be responsible.
Russia could pull out of the region on its own with the consent of the Ukrainian Government, in particular if it can convince EU members that it is better for the EU to remain neutral rather than support Ukraine's secession from the EU.
Russia and Ukraine already have the largest trade deficit at $12.6 billion, and the two sides are now trying to expand their relationship. Russian Minister for Trade and Industry Alexei Ulyukayev recently met with President Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine and met with other EU foreign ministers to discuss trade. There is also talk of joining a customs union between the EU and Russia, which would see the European Union trade with Russia and the US trade with Russia.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arsen Avakov, who met Russia's President Vladimir Putin on 26 December 2012 to discuss the situation in Ukraine, tweeted that the pair would "reject all Russian claims that Crimea was not united" and would discuss ways for cooperation and cooperation on the world stage "to fight against terrorism".
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