Crimea could enter the rouble zone and nationalise all state-owned companies

In case of entry into the Russian Federation, all state Ukrainian enterprises located in Crimea will be nationalised and there will be no disruptions of gas, electricity and water supply, said Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev at the press conference.

According to him, the Crimean government undertakes all payment of social benefits and salaries to state employees. According to Deputy Prime Minister, all February arrears for social benefits and wages have been paid, some funds remain for March.

According to Temirgaliev, Crimea has enough of natural gas; drinking water is also available, and water for irrigation (Dnieper water coming to the peninsula via the North-Crimean channel) will come from Kiev, under revised contracts. Peninsula produces 40% of electricity it needs; in case of outages, the rest will be provided by generators of Russian Black Sea Fleet, which will ensure all the necessary supply.

All state-owned enterprises that are currently on the peninsula, such as Naftogaz Ukrainy subsidiary “Chernomorneftegaz” will be nationalised by the Crimea authorities, while private business will remain in private hands.

Temirgaliev also answered journalists' questions about the troops. He assured that all the troops currently subjected to the Government of the ARC. If the decision of the referendum on the annexation of Crimea to Russia positive, all military forces that aren’t subordinated to Crimea will automatically be considered as occupational and will be targeted by appropriate measures.

Also, if most Crimeans say “yes” to Crimea’s accession to Russia, the peninsula will enter the rouble zone.

On other hand, if the majority of residents decide to favour return to the 1992 Constitution of Crimea and expanded autonomy within Ukraine, the Crimean deputies will get a non-confidence vote and new elections will be appointed.

Temirgaliev also stressed that the decision of one of Kiev's courts against the head of the Council of Ministers of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and head of the Supreme Council of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov – decision for their immediate arrest – are outside of any legal field. Crimean authorities will not recognise any such decisions in the future, either.

Today the deputies of the Crimean parliament decided to hold a Crimea-wide referendum on March 16. The referendum will have two questions: “Do you support Crimea reunification with Russia as the subject of Russian Federation” and “Do you want to restore the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and the Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine?”

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