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SIMFEROPOL, March 02, /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of Crimea’s Supreme Council, or parliament, Vladimir KOnstantinov has called on residents of the Crimean autonomous republic to cast their votes in favour of Crimea’s state independence at a forthcoming referendum.
“To enjoy the complete authority in the territory of the autonomous republic of Crimea, we ask you, dear Crimean residents, to vest us with relevant authority,” he said in an addressed aired by the Russia 24 news channel on Sunday. “That is why we suggest a referendum be held to give you a possibility to express your attitude to our request.”
He said that in the current situation, Cream needed state independence not to satisfy its political ambitions but to entrust the Crimean authorities with competences to “actively protect the interests of Crimean residents.