Russian sports minister says couple pages missing from McLaren's initial reportSport August 27, 13:26
Lavrov, Kerry round up 12-hours-long talks in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 27, 2:50
Competitions for Russian Paralympians banned from Rio to be held in early SeptemberSport August 26, 21:35
Russian swimmer breaks world record in 100 m IM on short courseSport August 26, 21:15
Russian lawmaker believes prospects for pan-European Army dim after BrexitRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 26, 21:01
Bombers and interceptor aircraft redeployed to southern Russia from PermMilitary & Defense August 26, 20:50
Tokyo refrains from commenting Russia’s offer to join relief operation in SyriaWorld August 26, 19:45
Russia files appeal with Swiss court on CAS ruling on Paralympians' banSport August 26, 19:23
Moscow says US claims against Russia’s combat readiness checks groundlessRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 26, 18:50
MOSCOW, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver an address to Russia’s parliament, the Federal Assembly, over Crimea’s accession to Russia as a new constituent entity on Tuesday, March 18, First Deputy Speaker of State Duma lower house of parliament Ivan Melnikov told reporters on Monday after a meeting of the State Duma Council.
In his words, Putin will deliver an address to parliament at 3pm Moscow time (GMT+4).
On Independce of Crimea
The Supreme Council of Crimea on its special plenary session on Monday has adopted the resolution “On Independence of Crimea”. According to the Crimean parliament’s press service, 85 deputies have casted affirmative votes.
The adopted document stipulates that the Republic of Crimea represented by the Supreme Council “addresses the Russian Federation with a proposal to admit the Republic of Crimea in the Russian Federation’s structure as a new subject with the status of a republic”.
Results of the referendum
According to summary data, 96.7% of people voting in the Crimean referendum backed Crimea’s re-joining Russia, the head of the Supreme Council’s referendum commission, Mikhail Malyshev said on Monday. A total of 1.2 million people, or 96.7%, said they wanted to join Russia.
The voter turnout was 1.2 million people, or 83.1% of eligible voters, he said summing up the results of the referendum in which voters were asked whether they wanted to join Russia or have a greater autonomy within Ukraine.
The official said 31.9 votes or 2.5% were cast in favor of a greater autonomy within Ukraine. As many as 9.1 ballot papers (0.7%) were invalid.
Some 70 observers from 23 countries were monitoring the referendum. According to some of them, the voting passed in a calm atmosphere, in an organized and transparent way. Head of the mission of international observers Mateusz Piskorski (Poland) said that their final declaration would be announced on Monday morning.