Vlad says, 'Keep your weak stuff outta here!', to the Leader of the Free World (now largely a ceremonial position);
"In the hearts and consciousness of people, Crimea always was and will be an inalienable part of Russia," he said, arguing that the 1954 Soviet decision to assign the region to Ukraine was a "blatant historical injustice" conducted in violation of laws then in effect.
"Crimea is our common property and a very important factor in the stability of the region," he said. "This strategic territory should be under a strong, sovereign state and that in fact can only be Russia." Leaving Crimea in Ukrainian hands, he warned, could lead Sevastopol, home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, to become a harbor for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Mr. Putin was interrupted repeatedly by applause and some wiped tears from their eyes. Dignitaries chanted "Glory to Putin" during the ovations.