Crimea to become a part of Russia?
Russia wants to keep the territorial integrity of Ukraine, but in case the Crimea decides to join the Russian Federation, the country is willing to consider such decision, said Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots in Simferopol.
“In general, our view of the situation in Ukraine — we want to keep the integrity of Ukraine. We hope this is a valid option today … We believe that the country can be saved,” said the head of the Committee.
He noted that if the trends that exist today in Kiev continue to worsen, and if the Crimean parliament or referendum of Crimea residents state the desire to join the Russian Federation, Russia’s officials would examine such a decision.
“We will examine such situation and it will probably be rather fast … Maybe we can work together to find common sense and practical steps to implement it,” said Slutsky.