6 March 2014, 15:36

State Duma to consider Crimea annexation bill next week

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

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