MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea and the port city of Sevastopol, which are now parts of Russia, will receive the status of a republic and a city of federal significance, respectively, according to the draft federal constitutional law “On Adoption of the Republic of Crimea into Russia and the Formation of New Constituent Entities — the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city of federal significance, in the territory of Russia.”
The names of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol will be included in part 1 Article 65 of the Russian Constitution.
Under the Russian Constitution, amendments to Article 65 law that defines Russia’s territorial set-up will be included in the fundamental law on the basis of a federal constitutional law on adopting a new constituent entity into Russia and changing its constitutional and legal status.
The bill says that the Republic of Crimea becomes part of Russia since the day the Treaty was signed.
The Republic of Crimea has three official state languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar.