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Russian Duma Vows To Back Crimea Referendum

From the Agence France Presse:

Russian parliament vows to back Crimea referendum result

By Stuart WILLIAMS | March 7, 2014

Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s lower and upper houses of parliament on Friday pledged to vote into law the result of a "historic" March 16 referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea on becoming part of Russia.

The speakers of both the State Duma and Federation Council strongly implied that ratification would receive fast-track rubber-stamp approval if Crimeans — as is widely expected — vote to become part of Russia.

Ironically, the word ‘Duma’ in Russian means ‘think.’

The comments came as a delegation of Crimean lawmakers, led by parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, visited Moscow one day after the local parliament agreed to ask President Vladimir Putin for the region to become part of Russia and resolved to put the issue to a public vote.

"We will respect the historic choice of the people of Crimea," said State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin at a meeting with the Crimean delegation and top Russian lawmakers.

"We support the free and democratic choice of the population of Crimea," he added in comments broadcast on state television.

Naryshkin said the move was linked to the need to ensure the "rights and freedom of citizens and simply protect human life" in Crimea, amid Ukraine’s turmoil after the fall of president Viktor Yanukovych…

Funny, but there were politicians in Germany who said the same exact thing while Hitler annexed Austria, the Sudetenland — and then Poland. History might not repeat itself. But stupidity sure does.

The head of the State Duma’s committee for relations with ex-Soviet states, Leonid Slutsky, said parliament would move fast after the plebiscite to recognise the result…

No wonder, with a name like ‘Slutsky.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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