MOSCOW, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Federation Council upper house of Russian parliament has unanimously ratified the interstate treaty on reunification of the Republic of Crimea with the Russian Federation and formation of new constituent entities in the Russian Federation on Friday.
155 members of the upper house of parliament voted for ratification of the document.
The lawmakers have also ratified the interstate treaty on the admission of Crimea into Russia. The treaty, ratified by a 443-1 vote with no abstentions, was signed at the Kremlin on March 18 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Crimean State Council Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov and Sevastopol Mayor Aleksei Chaliy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Speaker of the State Council, a local legislature in the Republic of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov and Sevastopol Mayor Aleksei Chalyi signed the treaty at the Kremlin on March 18.
The republic is considered admitted into the Russian Federation as from March 18, the date of the treaty’s signing. From this day on, the citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons permanently residing at that moment on the territory of the Republic of Crimea and in Sevastopol are considered citizens of Russia. In addition, a deadline of one month is set, during which the Crimeans wishing to keep Ukrainian passports should notify about it.
The official languages of the Republic of Crimea are Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar.