Russian Parliament Will Accept Crimean Referendum
Both Houses of the Russian Parliament will approve a move by Crimea to join the Russian Federation.
This is the first official sign that Moscow backs the actions of the new Crimean authorities, which announced on Thursday the peninsula was seceding from Ukraine and would hold a referendum on March 16 to confirm the decision.
Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federal Council (upper house of the Parliament) compared Crimea's upcoming poll to that of Scotland, which is scheduled for this summer and (unlike in Ukraine) has the consent of the authorities in London. She asserted the referendum was in full accordance with international law.
In the Duma, Parliament's lower house, its Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said the MPs would "respect the historic choice of the people of Crimea", as Deutsche Welle quoted him as saying.
Thursday's announcement by Crimea that it would hold a referendum on joining Russia prompted outrage from Ukraine and dismay from Europe and the US, but Russia had not expressed an official reaction.
A few days back, Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that secession of Crimea was not on the agenda.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's Prime Minister, has repeatedly described the poll as "illegitimate" and vowed that his country would not accept its results.
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Nice remarks, Optimistic. I'd only add that NO ONE Western analyst, no one serious media source quarrel the fact that the events of February, 21-22, in Kiev were NOTHING else but the Anti-constitutional and Unlawful Coup d'Etat. It become the impetus for the mass people protests in the South-Eastern regions and in Crimea...Protests
in the South-East are severely stifled right now by the "new authorities", what a nice contrast with their reaction on the protests in Western regions and in Maidan, eh? But they are powerless to impose their will on the people of Crimea.
John the people of the Crimea and the people of Scotland get to participate in a referendum to decide their destinity.
That is fair, democratic and lawful.
I see Behemont is being insulting again question to both of you what international laws are Scotland and The Crimea breaking by holding referendums to leave the countries they are currently joined to.
They are breaking no international laws.
Optimistic your writing is really enlighting.
You dare compare the situation of Scotland with Crimea.
Please tell me which armed forces hold the scots at gunpoint?
Your understanding of Democracy must be on the same level as Joseph Putin.
Like him you are a true Demokrat!
Scotland is holding a referendum to leave the UK
The Crimea is holding a referendum to leave the Ukraine.
Both referendums only involve the people in the area leaving.
Both countries comply with international law and the Crimea is only following the example of Scotland.
People who say these referendums don't comply with international law are telling a lie and they can't say which section, subsection of international law is being broken by Scotland and the Crimea!!!