Crimean parliament votes to join Russia: Kremlin

Crimean parliament votes to join Russia: Kremlin
Thu Mar 6, 2014 14:15:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed about a decision by the Crimean parliament to ask him for the Ukrainian Black Sea region to become part of Russia, the Kremlin said.

"This news (about the request) has just come in. The president has been informed," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the official ITAR-TASS news agency, adding there was nothing more to say for now.

On Thursday, the Supreme Council of the Crimea on its session made a fundamental decision for the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea to join Russia as a federal subject, First Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliyev told Itar-Tass.

The Supreme Council of the Crimea has decided to hold a referendum on the Crimea's status on March 16, Temirgaliev added.

Two issues are supposed to be discussed on the referendum.

"The first one is as follows – whether you support the annexation of the Crimea to the Russian Federation. The second one is – whether you support the reestablishment of the Crimea’s constitution of 1992," Temirgaliev stated.

The Crimea's constitution of 1992 stipulates that the Crimea, being a republic, is a part of Ukraine, but it defines its relationships with the country by means of the contract and agreements.


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