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Russian MPs to meet with Crimea’s delegation on March 19

March 18, 2014, 13:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a draft agreement on accepting the Republic of Crimea into Russian Federation membership

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Valentina Matviyenko

Valentina Matviyenko

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MOSCOW, March 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Lawmakers from Russia’s State Duma will meet a delegation from Crimea on Wednesday morning, speaker of the lower house of Russia's parliament Sergei Naryshkin said.

"A number of lawmakers will meet with our colleagues from Crimea and Sevastopol at 10:30," Naryshkin said. "I suggest lawmakers wear the Ribbon of St George at the meeting with their colleagues, as we did today."

For his part, an official at the State Duma committee for affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian integration and Russian diaspora relations told Tass that in the course of the meeting, the parties intend to discuss stronger cooperation between the Russian parliament the Supreme Council of the Republic of Crimea. "We'll discuss joint humanitarian projects, such as the Great Russian Word festival. Traditionally, it is held in June and occupies a special place," the source said. "Also, the participants will focus on Russian language issues and problems of the development of education programs on the peninsula."

The parties will review strategic aspects of cooperation with the state newly recognized by Russia, including "the prospects for political and investment establishment of the Republic of Crimea."

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday (15:00 GMT), the delegation will meet Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko and members of parliament’s upper house, the Federation Council’s press service said.

On Monday, chairman of Crimea's Supreme Council Vladimir Konstantinov said a delegation of the Supreme Council and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea would leave for Moscow to discuss the decision on Crimea's independence.

"We're going to Moscow where we'll have meetings at the State Duma. Perhaps, there'll be a joint session; this issue is now being discussed," Konstantinov said.

The delegation will include Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the draft treaty on Crimea's reunification with Russia and the formation of new subjects as part of the Russian Federation. He also notified both chambers of the Russian parliament on the proposals by Crimea's Supreme Council and the legislative assembly of Sevastopol on their joining the Russian Federation.

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