Verkhovna Rada has set March 12 as a deadline for the Crimea
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine demanded the Parliament of the Crimean Autonomous Republic to abolish its decision on conduct of the all-Crimean referendum on March 16. 255 deputies voted for the decision, with the minimum necessary number being 226.
"Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine demands Verkhovna Rada of the Crimean Autonomous Republic to immediately reconsider its decision date March 6, 2014 and bring it into correspondence with the Constitution of Ukraine and the Constitution of the Crimean Autonomous Republic, approved by the Law of Ukraine from December 23, 1998. If the specified decision is not brought to correspondence with the Constitution of Ukraine and the Constitution of the Crimean Autonomous Republic by March 12, 2014, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will initiate the issue of early termination of the authority of Verkhovna Rada of the Crimean Autonomous Republic," says the statement.
Verkhovna Rada will also turn to appeal to the Venetian Commission regarding the decision of the Crimean Parliament dated March 6.
The Crimea, in its turn, has no intention of giving up the plans of becoming a part of the Russian Federation. Today, on March 11, the Supreme Council of the republic has adopted the declaration of independence, which gives the autonomy a status of republic. "Having adopted the declaration, we have declared ourselves as a republic, in the quality of which we will become part of Russia," said the president of the Supreme Council of the Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov to the journalists. According to him, this document is necessary for making the autonomy becoming part of Russia seem legitimate.