Russian President Putin Keeps Situation in Crimea Under Personal Control: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping the situation around Crimea under control and would take the same decisions about Crimea even if given another opportunity, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

"He keeps the situation around Crimea under personal control and I am convinced that he would take the same steps and decisions (about Crimea) and would take the responsibility as he did (in 2014)," Peskov was quoted by the domestic RBK media group as saying.

According to Peskov, Putin realizes that the integration processes could be done in a more effective way and that more money from the budget could have been spent on the improvement of citizens' living standards.

Crimea celebrated on Saturday the third anniversary its reunification with Russia. The region rejoined Russia in March 2014 after a referendum, with almost 97 percent of the residents having voted for the reunification.