MOSCOW, February 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea cannot be denied the right to hold a referendum on self-determination, head of the State Duma international affairs committee Alexei Pushkov told reporters on Friday.
Pushkov said such a referendum would be a more legal form for changing Crimea’s status than “spontaneous Maidan” in Kiev.
“If we are told that the Maidan could be a source of power, well, this is the will of the people. But why then the will of the people cannot be the source of power and self-determination for Crimea. I think it cannot be denied this right,” the parliamentarian said.
On Thursday, the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea announced it would hold a referendum of the autonomy’s status and expansion of its powers.
The resolution of Ukraine’s parliament on ousting President Viktor Yanukovych is unlawful, Pushkov said.
Pushkov believes that the opposition wanted the February 21 agreement “only for ousting Yanukovych”. “That is why the legitimate basis of Verkhovna Rada’s resolutions causes serious doubts. “The resolution of Ukraine’s parliament on ousting President Viktor Yanukovych is unlawful,” head of the State Duma international affairs committee stated.
Pushkov believes the Ukrainian parliament “acts only in compliance with the needs of revolutionary usefulness, as back in the day used to act the bolshevists, and as the masterminds of any coup do”. The Russian lawmaker also expressed his doubts that Ukrainian deputies have the right to conduct a speeded up process of changing the basis of state power. “If a new president was elected, then the authorities would had new legitimacy. But this authorities have a restricted legitimacy, if any at all,” head of the State Duma committee stressed.
In addition, Pushkov recalled that the new Ukrainian authorities are established under ultra-nationalistic, even Banderovite slogans. “I believe that the Russian-speaking residents, and these are over 10 million people, have every reason to fear that they may become outlaws and pariahs in the so-called “new” Ukrainian democracy. Anyway, all the events in Kiev and on the west of Ukraine point to a serious threat of the mentioned kind,” he said.