2 March, 15:53

Crimea to seek larger-than-autonomous status at referendum – local parliament head

Crimea to seek larger-than-autonomous status at referendum – local parliament head

The authorities of Crimea do not obey the new central government in Kiev, Chairman of the republic’s Supreme Council (parliament) Vladimir Konstantinov said on Sunday.

Commenting on the upcoming referendum on the status of Crimea, he said: "We will bring up the issue of expanding Crimea's autonomous status to that of a state. Thereunder, we are planning to build our relations with the central government on a treaty basis".

Sevastopol may be granted a special status in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea after its authorities are expanded, said the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov. At present Sevastopol is a city of national importance in the Ukraine.

Konstantinov said that Sevastopol residents will decide on this matter themselves.

"The decision is theirs to make. As for the Crimea's reaction, I can only say that people of Sevastopol are our friends," Konstantinov said.

Earlier, he said that NATO forces were unwelcome in Crimea.

"We have not asked NATO to send troops. This land belongs to the Russian world. We would like everyone to remember that. It's a millennium-old history. The people of Russia and Ukraine belong to the Russian world," Konstantinov said.

 

Voice of Russia, TASS

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