First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy held press conference dedicated to the fifth anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia in New York on Monday.
"This was about saving people's lives, first of all. I think that this thing matters much more than a kind of recognition. Recognition will come," he said.
He noted that nothing was orchestrated in advance and the Russian leadership was compelled to make quick decisions.
A referendum on Crimea's status took place on March 16, 2014. The final results showed that 96.77 percent voted in favour of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and becoming part of the Russian Federation.