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State Duma welcomes Crimea referendum result, pledges full support

Published time: March 18, 2014 08:29
AFP Photo / Dimitar Dilkoff

AFP Photo / Dimitar Dilkoff

Russia’s Lower House has passed a statement welcoming the Crimean people’s decision to join the Russian Federation, and expressing hope for peace and harmony on the peninsula during the transitional period.

The statement was prepared by all four parliamentary caucuses and submitted by Lower House chairman Sergey Naryshkin.

It calls the Crimean referendum of March 16 “a free demonstration of the people’s will.” Russian MPs said they were sure the authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea would maintain peace, inter-ethnic and inter-confessional harmony as well as language diversity on its territory.

The Russian MPs also stated their own obligation to support the socio-economic development of the republic and its political stability.

The State Duma said it would contribute to security of all persons remaining in Crimean territory and protect their rights and freedoms, regardless of their citizenship, ethnicity, language or religion.

The address was prepared after the Autonomous Republic of Crimea held a referendum on Sunday in which 96.77 percent voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. On the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state.He also ordered the preparation of a treaty on accession of the Crimean Republic into the Russian Federation.

In preparations for the possible future accession the Crimean parliament has already passed a bill to adopt the Russian currency. The Ukrainian hryvnia will remain circulating on the peninsula until January 2016.

At about 15.00 Moscow Time on Tuesday President Putin is expected to make an address to the Federal Assembly regarding the situation in Crimea.

Comments (14)


Regula 19.03.2014 11:46

Konrad Wallenrod 19.03.2014 01:22

The next referenda need to be held in Chechnya and Dagestan.


Chechnya had a referendum and people decided to stay in Russia. These so-called freedom fighters who attacked people in the name of freedom and committed so many acts of terrorism were in reality controlled by the US/CIA - it was one of the many US attempts to destabilize Russia to topple Putin. The separatists were a small minority and apparently the population at large wanted to remain with Russia. The same is true for Dagestan. They haven't had a referendum, but they didn't need or want one.


Galini K. 19.03.2014 08:35

Wow, you do like to copy-paste your own comments into differet threads. Hehe.

[quot e name='Konrad Wallenrod' time='19.03.2014 01:22']The next referenda need to be held in Chechnya and Dagestan. It is sort of obvious that these two nationalities don't want to live in Russia. The next one in Königsberg region (never some bs kaliningrad - named after a commie ruski) - Russia is an interloper in this part of Europe. This city was German, had Polish and Lithuanian cultural and political influences, but was never Russia. Then, we need to talk about the lands stolen by ruskis from the Finns...[/quote]


Galini K. 19.03.2014 08:33

Mugamba Thembo Yowas 19.03.2014 06:42

Russia you are wrong please respect the state freedom


Mugamba Thembo Yowas, you are wrong. Please do your research.

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