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Vladimir Putin will address the Federal Assembly on March 18


Vladimir Putin will address State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and civil society representatives at the Kremlin on March 18 at 3 p.m. on the Republic of Crimea’s and city of Sevastopol’s request to join the Russian Federation.

via President of Russia.

أفاد المكتب الصحفي للرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين يوم الإثنين 17 مارس/ آذار أن الرئيس بوتين سيلقي خطابا استثنائيا غدا الثلاثاء أمام الجمعية الفدرالية (البرلمان) بشأن الوضع حول القرم

 وأضاف المكتب أن بوتين سيلقي خطابه في الساعة 15:00 بتوقيت موسكو. وكان برلمان جمهورية القرم قد توجه الى موسكو في وقت مبكر من اليوم ذاته بطلب قبول القرم في قوام روسيا الاتحادية بصفة وحدة إدارية

كما أصدر البرلمان في اجتماعه الاثنين قرارا “حول استقلال القرم”. وجاء في القرار أنه استنادا إلى نتائج الاستفتاء، الذي أظهر أن شعوب القرم تؤيد الانضمام الى روسيا والخروج من قوام أوكرانيا، يعلن البرلمان جمهورية القرم دولة مستقلة ذات سيادة، بينما تتمتع مدينة سيفاستوبول بوضع خاص في قوامها

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Breaking news – About 93% of Crimeans who took part in referendum voted to join Russia – exit poll

About 93% of voters in the Crimean referendum have answered ‘yes’ to the autonomous republic joining the Russian federation and only 7% of the vote participants want the region to remain part of Ukraine, according to first exit polls.

Polling stations closed in Crimea after the referendum where residents were to decide on the future status of the region.

“The results of the referendum exit polls in Crimea and Sevastopol: 93 % voted for the reunion of Crimea with Russia as a constituent unit of the Russian Federation. 7% voted for the restoration of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Crimea and Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine,” the Crimean republican institute for political and social researches said in a statement as cited by RIA Novosti.

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine’s Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014

In Sevastopol, about 85% of voters cast their ballots by 1600 GMT, two hours before the polling stations closed, according to the chair of the city’s election commission Valery Medvedev.

The overall voter turnout in Crimea constituted over 80%, reports local news agency Kryminnform. In Sevastopol, about 85% of voters cast their ballots by 1600 GMT, two hours before the polling stations closed, according to the chair of the city’s election commission Valery Medvedev.


Over a half of the Tatars living in the port city took part in the referendum, with the majority of them voting in favor of joining Russia, reports Itar-Tass citing a representative of the Tatar community Lenur Usmanov.

The preliminary results of the popular vote in Sevastopol are expected to be announced at 2030 GMT during a meeting in the center of the city that hosts Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

In Simferopol, the capital of the republic, at least 15,000 have gathered to celebrate the referendum in central Lenin square and people reportedly keep arriving. Demonstrators, waving Russian and Crimean flags, are watching a live concert and awaiting the announcement of preliminary results of the voting.


International observers are planning to present their final declaration on the Crimean referendum on March 17, the head of the monitors’ commission, Polish MP Mateush Piskorski told journalists. He added that the voting was held in line with international norms and standards.

Next week, Crimea will officially introduce the ruble as a second official currency along with Ukrainian hryvna, Aksyonov told Interfax. In his words, the dual currency will be in place for about six months.

Overall, the republic’s integration into Russia will take up to a year, the Prime Minister said, adding that it could be done faster. However, they want to maintain relations with “economic entities, including Ukraine,” rather than burn bridges.

Moscow is closely monitoring the vote count in Crimea, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Karasin.

The results of the referendum will be considered once they are drawn up,” he told Itar-Tass.

The decision to hold a referendum was made after the bloody uprising in Kiev which ousted President Vladimir Yanukovich from power. Crimea – which is home to an ethnic Russian majority population – refused to recognize the coup-appointed government as legitimate. Crimeans feared that the new leadership would not represent their interests and respect rights. Crimeans were particularly unhappy over parliament’s decision to revoke the law allowing using minority languages – including Russian – as official along with the Ukrainian tongue. Crimeans staged mass anti-Maidan protests and asked Russia to protect them.


Breaking news – 95% of Crimeans in referendum voted to join Russia – preliminary results


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Lawmakers ready to pass bill allowing acceptance of Crimea into Russian Federation

Pro-Russian activists wave Russian flags as they demonstrate in Simferopol, the administrative center of Crimea

Several Russian parliamentarians have voiced their readiness to fast track a new bill on accepting new regions into the Russian state, and made it clear that the move was caused by fears over the fate of ethnic Russians in the Crimean Republic.

The draft law simplifies the procedure of accepting a part of a foreign state into the Russian Federation, and could be passed as early as next week, the head of the Fair Russia party Sergey Mironov told reporters on Thursday.

“To put it in plain text, the bill was initiated by me for the sake of Crimea,” the lawmaker added.

Fair Russia has prepared and submitted to the State Duma an amendment to the 2001 law on formation of new subjects in the Russian Federation.

According to deputy head of the Fair Russia caucus in the State Duma, Mikhail Yemelyanov, the existing law reads that Russian authorities can start such a procedure after reaching an agreement with the state that the newly joining territory was part of. The local authorities from the region must then formally address the Russian President with the request to join. The President consults with both chambers of parliament and in case of agreement submits a federal bill detailing the name and status of the new federal subject as well as other legal formalities.

The suggested amendments make the acceptance of new regions possible without intergovernmental agreements in two cases – if such a move is approved by a universal referendum of the region’s residents, or if the request is made by a legitimate body of state power from another country.

Upper House MP Anatoly Lyskov told the Interfax agency that once the bill is passed the decision on accepting Crimea into the Russian Federation can be made very quickly, in between three and five days. The parliamentarian added that as the initiative will come from the majority of the Crimean population, the international community will have no grounds to question its legitimacy.

On Thursday the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea voted for the region to split from Ukraine and seek to be part of Russia. Legislators also decided that such an important step needs the approval from a referendum which is scheduled on March 16.

On the same day President Vladimir Putin discussed the Crimean authorities’ decision and the forthcoming referendum with members of the top consultative body – the Security Council. The results of this conference were not made public.

All parties in the Lower House support the territorial integrity of Ukraine but at the same time understand the right of the Crimean people to raise any questions they deem appropriate, the head of the State Duma committee for CIS affairs Leonid Slutskiy told Interfax. “The March 16 referendum will form a collective position held by the population of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and on the basis of this decision we will determine the State Duma position,” the lawmaker said.

The date of the first hearing on the bill on new federation subjects will be scheduled by the State Duma council on Tuesday next week, according to deputy head of majority parliamentary faction United Russia Mikhail Yemelyanov.

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