Crimean parliament declares autonomous region as independent state

Crimean parliament declares autonomous region as independent state

YEREVAN, March 17. / ARKA /. The  Supreme Council (parliament) of Crimea declared today the autonomous region’s independence from Ukraine and applied to join Russia, saying all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalized, RBC reported.

"The republic of Crimea appeals to the United Nations and to all countries of the world to recognize it as an independent state," reads the declaration approved by the parliament.

"The Republic of Crimea... applies to the Russian Federation to accept the Republic of Crimea as a member of the Russian Federation," it says.

Crimea's local prime minister Sergiy Aksyonov said  starting on March 30, the region would switch to Moscow time (GMT +4), two hours ahead of the current time in Crimea.

The declaration was approved by all 85 deputies present in the 100-seat assembly, after a referendum on Sunday in which Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

"The Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea declares Crimea an independent sovereign state -- the Republic of Crimea," the document said.

It said that from Monday, Ukrainian laws would no longer apply in Crimea and decisions taken by the Ukrainian state since the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych last month had no authority.

"The activities of state institutions of Ukraine on the territory of Crimea are finished and their powers, their property and their budgets are transferred to the state organs of the Republic of Crimea," it said.

"All establishments, businesses and other organizations of Ukraine or with Ukrainian participation on the territory of Crimea will belong to Crimea," it added. -0-

13:58 17.03.2014

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