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Crimea referendum may be held earlier than March 30

March 04, 2014, 14:43 UTC+3 SIMFREOPOL

The legal referendum preparation process is underway

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SIMFREOPOL, March 04. /ITAR-TASS/. A referendum on a status of Crimea may be held earlier than March 30, the autonomous republic's Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov said.

"I think, the referendum will be held even earlier than March 30," he told a press conference in Simferopol, adding that a date would be set after studying the public opinion.

The legal referendum preparation process is underway. Documents are being prepared, he said. A working group will meet at 14:00, and already by the evening, more information may be given and a referendum agenda may be made public on the website of the Crimean Supreme Council.

Commenting on rumours about possible halts in power and water supplying, Aksyonov noted there were no economic reasons for it. Crimea has no debts to Ukrainian supplying organizations. However, the republic's Energy Ministry in any case is preparing a plan of action to maintain power and water supply to the city if somebody resorts to sabotage.

The republic's government in its decisions is guided by opinions and needs of Crimean residents. "For us, the main argument is an opinion of Crimeans, but not Kiev," he said in reply to the question what Ukrainian authorities should do for the autonomous republic to be ready for talks.

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