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In the state Duma responded to the criticism of the EU of voting on amendments in the Crimea

State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbec responded to the criticism by the EU of voting on amendments to the Constitution of Russia in the Crimea, noting that this is a personal matter of Russian citizens.

Voting on amendments to the basic law was held from 25 June to 1 July. After processing 100% of protocols, the total turnout of voters amounted to 67,97%. For acceptance of amendments have voted 77,92% (almost 58 million Russians), against of 21.27% (about 16 million). The European Union condemned the vote in the Crimea and participation of the residents.

"Decisions or any events held on our territory - this is a personal matter of Russian citizens and not of the European Union," said Balbec RIA Novosti.

He added that Russia does not dictate the rules of life in the European Union and the censure is not needed.

"We always tell how we're all wrong, and say that politicians who supported the attack on Iraq, the radicals in the middle East, the destruction of Yugoslavia. I would say that it is the advisers, whose hands are stained with the blood," said Balbec.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which an overwhelming majority of voters of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol voted for entry into structure of Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue "is closed permanently."