Crimea Officially Annexed to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the treaty which incorporates Crimea into the Russian Federation.
Other signatories to the agreement were Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea's Speaker of Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov and the mayor of Sevastopol (a city which will have a special status within Crimea) Aleksei Chaliy, The Financial Times has reported.
The document, which was published on the Kremlin's website, means that the peninsula has officially become part of the Russian Federation as of March 18, 2014.
According to Russian website Lenta.ru, a transitional period is to be in force on Crimea until January 1, 2015. Within that stretch of time, the new Russian citizens will be integrated into the legal, economic and financial system of the country.
Local elections will be held in September 2015.
All Ukrainian citizens, as well as all stateless persons residing on the peninsula are immediately granted Russian citizenship.
Parliament in Moscow has now to mandatorily ratify the treaty.
The agreement was signed less than 48 hours after Ukraine's autonomous region voted to be part of Russia.
On Sunday, 96% of Crimea's population voted in favour of breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia. The move was condemned and declared illegal by Ukraine, the EU, and the US.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! West's post-Cold war world order is at an END!
Ukraine is a illegitimate state due to coup n the violent xenophobic centralization which tramples on Russians, Jews and others. The maidan fascists will continue to be heavy handed and Russia will have to step in, ending with entire southern and eastern Ukraine breaking off and joining Russia where they belong. What will be left is western ukraine, that will look for EU tax payers...
First the Crimea needs to be settled safely in the Russian Federation.
The rest of the Ukraine will see how safe peaceful and prosperous the Crimea is as part of the Russian Federation and other parts of the Ukraind may decide to hold similar referendums.
That is international democracy at work.
Like it or not, this is what people of Crimea wanted, this is what majority of them voted for. Rulers of the world, please listen to your people! Remember all of you in power- Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens, if there is no people whom are you going to rule? EU, US and UN, you made a mockery of democracy and the freedom of speech: 2 million of Crimean people voiced their wish democratically. What did you say? You said: It is illegal. A violent fascist coup in Ukraine you consider legal. If this is a DEMOCRACY who needs a DICTATOR?