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Matviyenko: admitting new members to Russian Federation won’t take long

March 18, 2014, 6:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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Valentina Matviyenko (left)

Valentina Matviyenko (left)

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MOSCOW, March 18, /ITAR-TASS/. The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament (Federation Council) Valentina Matviyenko believes that the procedure of admitting new members to the Russian Federation is not very complicated and can be complied with within tight deadlines.

“We shall be acting strictly in compliance with the law. The procedure will not take long. All can be done rather promptly,” Matviyenko said on the Rossiyua-24 round-the-clock news channel about the legal machinery of letting other states join the federation.

Matvienko said that Russia’s recognition of Crimea as an independent state was a sovereign right of Russia that did not require coordination with other states or other international organizations.

After Crimea’s recognition as a state an international treaty is to be concluded to identify a transitional period necessary to help Crimea adjust itself to Russia’s legal, financial and tax requirements.

“After the international treaty has been signed the president, after consultations with the Constitutional Court, which is to probe into the treaty’s compliance with the Constitution, will present the document and a federal constitutional law changing the list of Russia’s constituent territories to the Federal Assembly,” Matviyenko recalled.

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