Crimea to Join Russia?
MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation.
Parliament said if its request was granted, Crimean citizens could give their view in a referendum on 16 March.
Because, of course, nothing screams legitimate like a referendum of this nature when the country that would be joined has troops on the ground.
If Russia agrees to Crimea’s request, the Crimean people will be asked two questions in the 16 March referendum, the statement says
- Are you in favour of reuniting Crimea with Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation?
- Are you in favour of retaining the status of Crimea as part of Ukraine?
Ukraine’s interim Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta, speaking in Kiev soon after the announcement, said: “We’re not working out what to do if Crimea joins the Russian Federation because we believe it’s unconstitutional.”
According to Article 73 of the Ukraine constitution, “alterations to the territory of Ukraine shall be resolved exclusively by an all-Ukrainian referendum”.