Russia’s government to discuss initial steps on returning to normal life in Crimea and Sevastopol

Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev will discuss initial steps to return to normal life in the Crimea and Sevastopol at the government meeting scheduled for Monday, March 24. “The referendum is already history,” said the Prime Minister in his speech on March 21.

According to Dmitry Medvedev, after the request expressed in the referendum on Crimea’s cessation to Russia, the government has piles of important work to do.

“We hope for respect for the will of our people. For the course selected by the Russian Federation,” said the Prime Minister.

Dmitry Medvedev stressed that the harmonious development of the Crimea and Sevastopol within the structure of the Russian state is the key objective of the government.

“We will do everything for socio-economic development of the state and its new regions,” said Dmitry Medvedev.

The PM said, “Our goal is to have friendly relations with Ukraine and other neighbours of Russia,” according to the press service of the Russian government.

“Here, nobody wants aggravation of the situation,” said the Prime Minister.

On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal constitutional law on annexation of the Crimea to the Russian Federation and the formation of new state entities - the Republic of Crimea and federal-status city of Sevastopol. The document was adopted by the State Duma and approved by the Federation Council.

On March 16, 96.77% participants in referendum on the status of Crimea voted for reunification with Russia. In Sevastopol, the entry into the Russian Federation was supported by 95.6% of the voters, reports the press service Crimea State Council.

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