US and EU do not recognize the Crimea referendum scheduled for March 16
US does not recognize the referendum planned in the Crimea on the peninsula accession to Russia, says Agence France-Presse. As known, the referendum is scheduled for March 16.
Washington’s opinion is that only Ukrainian central authority, which the White House considers legitimate and which sits in Kiev, may take the decision on Crimea.
EU Ambassador Ian Tombinsky, who believes that the question of Ukraine integrity can only be addressed at a national referendum, supports this view.
Today, the Supreme Council of Crimea almost unanimously decided to hold on March 16 the Crimea-wide referendum on the future status of the peninsula. The decision was sent to Russia’s President, but no official response has been received.
As expected, the ballot will include two questions: “Are you in favour of ARC becoming a subject of the Russian Federation?” and “Are you in favour of restoring the 1992 Constitution of Crimea and retaining the Crimea as part of Ukraine?” The questions require either positive or negative answer.