Russia’s upper house of parliament backs Crimea’s accession to Russia

Russia’s upper house of parliament backs Crimea’s accession to Russia

YEREVAN, March 21. / ARKA /. The Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, unanimously approved today the treaty on the Crimean accession to Russia and the formation of new constituent territories in the Russian Federation at a special session. The treaty was backed by all 155 senators. 

The treaty between Crimea and Russia was signed on March 18 in Moscow by president Vladimir Putin, Crimean Supreme Council head Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean prime minister Sergei Aksionov and Sevastopol mayor Alexei Chaly.

"The treaty is based on the free and voluntary expression of will of the Crimean people at an all-Crimea referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on March 16, 2014, during which the Crimean people decided to reunite with Russia," a treaty memo says. 

The treaty was ratified yesterday by the State Duma, the lower house of the parliament.

President Putin is expected to complete the ratification process by signing the treaty at a ceremony with the speakers of both chambers later today.-0-

14:24 21.03.2014

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