6 March 2014, 16:43

Russian State Duma will decide on Crimea after referendum - MP

Russian State Duma will decide on Crimea after referendum - MP

The State Duma would consider the issue of a simplified procedure for the annexation of new territories to Russia after the referendum on the status of Crimea takes place in Ukraine, and after the decision is accepted by the leadership of the Russian Federation, head of the Duma Committee for the CIS Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, has stated.

"All factions of the State Duma currently support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, but at the same time we understand the right of the people of Crimea to raise issues that they believe can be put up for referendum. The March 16 referendum will show the collegial position of the people of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and we will decide on our position, the position of the State Duma, of the Russian Federation, on the basis of that position," Slutsky told reporters on Thursday.

Slutsky said it should be understood that the people of Crimea are concerned about safety and their future and speak sincerely about what they want.

"The final results will be shown by the referendum," Slutsky said. He reiterated that the people of Crimea are wording the questions for the referendum in the way that they want, and Russia cannot interfere in this process.

"We will state our reaction after the March 16 referendum," he said.

Earlier, one of the authors of the draft law on a simplified procedure of annexation of new territories to the Russian Federation, leader of the Spravedlivaya Rossiya (Fair Russia), Sergey Mironov said that the State Duma may consider the draft next week. "The State Duma will consider any draft laws on this subject after the referendum, and after Russia's leadership makes up its mind on this subject," Slutsky said.

On February 28th a group of 'A Just Russia Party' deputies, under the faction leader Sergei Mironov, introduced a draft law to simplify the procedure for Russia to annex parts of a foreign state. Under the bill, "if it's impossible to conclude an international treaty due to the lack in the foreign state of effective sovereign state power that is bound to protect their citizens and respect their rights and freedoms, the Russian Federation may annex part of a foreign state as a new federal subject on the basis of the returns of a referendum held in keeping with that state's legislation in the part of the foreign state in question if joining the Russian Federation by that part of the foreign state has been approved, or if the government authority of the part of that foreign state in question has made a request to that end".

If Russia annexes a part of another country, that part is given tha status of a republic, krai, oblast or autonomous region, the bill says. The bill changes the constitutional law, "The order for the annexation and creation of a new territory within the Russian Federation". The change is driven by the situation in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Crimea decided this Thursday to join the Russian Federation. "The Supreme Council of Crimea has ordained: 1) Crimea is to join the Russian Federation as a territory. 2) A referendum is to be held on March 16, 2014. Two issues will be discussed in the referendum: 1.Whether you support the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation 2. Whether your support the reestablishment of Crimea's constitution of 1992 and Crimea's status as a part of Ukraine?" the statement from the Parliament's press-center, says.

The document also states that the issue has gained most of the votes and expresses the will of Crimea's citizens. The Supreme Council of the Crimea has turned to Russian president and the Russian Federal Assembly to begin the procedure for Crimea's annexation to the Russian Federation.

Crimean parliament's decision on inclusion of Crimea to Russia takes effect immediately - official

Any Crimea Supreme Council for teh republic to join Russia takes place when it is made, Ruslan Temirgaliyev, first deputy chairman of Council of Ministers, said.

"The decision by the Supreme Council for Crimea to join Russia takes effect the moment it is made, that is, beginning today," Temirgaliyev said.

State Duma to consider Crimea annexation bill next week

The State Duma may consider a bill that stipulates the annexation of the Crimea to Russia next week, Sergey Mironov, Head of the party "A Just Russia", said.

"Considering the date of Crimea's referendum, which is March 16, we have time to consider the issue calmly. The bill will be considered next week," Mironov, one of the authors of the bill, said.

Next week will see three plenary sessions of the State Duma, which will be held on March 11, 12, and 14.

Decision of Supreme Council of Crimea to join Russian Federation should be made final by referendum – Crimean Parliament Speaker

The decision of the Supreme Council of Crimea on annexation to the Russian Federation should be secured by the referendum, head of the Supreme Council of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, told RIA Novosti.

Thursday, the Crimean Supreme Council decided to address an appeal on Crimea's joining Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation to President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Federal Assembly.

The resolution comes into force from the day of its adoption. "The deputies have adopted today's decision as responsible politicians. They have unanimously called for reunification with Russia, and we hope that the referendum of March 16 will secure our decision. We live here and know the situation better," Konstantinov told RIA Novosti.

Crimean Parliament passes unanimous vote for joining Russia as autonomy

The Crimean Parliament has made a decision that the Autonomous Republic is going to join the Russian Federation, according to the text of the decision. "To join the Russian Federation as a subject of the Russian Federation", says the text of the decision, which the RIA-Novosti news agency has obtained from a Deputy of the Supreme Council of Crimea, Sergei Shuvainikov.

The Supreme Council of the Crimea on its session has 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 said on Thursday.

Addressing the audience at the building of the Supreme Council, one of the deputies said: "Firstly, we've taken a decision to be part of the Russian Federation as Russia's subject. Secondly, the referendum will take place on March 16."

"Crimean residents will be asked: 'Are you for Crimea's being part of the Russian Federation?'," the deputy said, adding that the Supreme Council had also decided to address the Russian leadership to start a procedure for Crimea's being part of Russia.

Several thousands of people have gathered at the building and have Russian and Crimean flags in their hands.

Referendum on Crimean autonomy status to be held in Crimea on March 16

The Supreme Council of the Crimea has decided to hold a referendum on the Crimea's status on March 16, Rustam Temirgaliev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimea, said this Thursday.

"The referendum is scheduled on March 16," Temirgaliev said. Two issues will 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 your 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 in defines its relationships with the country by means of the contract and agreements.

Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS, Interfax

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