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Putin holds briefing session following Crimea’s Supreme Council decision to join Russia

March 06, 2014, 15:48 UTC+3
On Thursday, the Supreme Council of Crimea on its session made a decision to join Russia as a subject of the federation
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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, March 6. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a briefing session with members of Russia’s Security Council on Thursday, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov reported.

The representative added that “on the session, the situation around Ukraine was discussed, in particular, regarding the resolution of Crimea’s Supreme Council adopted today”.

Among the session’s participants were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament Valentina Matvienko, State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, Head of Kremlin Administration Sergei Ivanov, FSB Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev,
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service Director Mikhail Fradkov, as well as permanent member of the Security Council Boris Gryzlov.

On Thursday, the Supreme Council of Crimea on its session made a decision to join Russia as a subject of the federation.

The referendum in Crimea on this issue is scheduled for March 16. Earlier, the referendum was planned for March 30.

The following questions are put up for vote: 1. Do you support the reunification of Crimea with Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation? 2. Do you support the restoration of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine?”

The Supreme Council had also decided to address the Russian leadership to start a procedure for Crimea’s being part of Russia.

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