19 March, 13:29

Russian Constitutional Court says Crimea deal complies with int'l laws

Russian Constitutional Court says Crimea deal complies with int'l laws

The Russian Constitutional Court has found the international treaty on joining the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation to be in line with the Constitution, Russian Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin told reporters.

The Russian president's inquiry regarding the compliance of the treaty with the Russian Constitution was considered in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.

"The Constitutional Court recognizes that the Treaty corresponds to the Russian Constitution," the Constitutional Court chairman, Valery Zorkin, said on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the draft treaty on Crimea's reunification with Russia and the formation of new sub-federal entities as part of the Russian Federation. He also notified both chambers of the Russian parliament on the proposals by Crimea's Supreme Council and the legislative assembly of Sevastopol on their joining the Russian Federation.

On Monday, March 17, the Crimean parliament, which declared Crimea an independent state, authorized Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov and parliament Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov to sign an interstate treaty with the Russian Federation on the admission of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which has a special status, into the Russian Federation.

The Treaty will be effective since its signing and comes into effect since its ratification. 

Earlier in the day, speaker of the State Duma, lower house of Russia's parliament, Sergei Naryshkin said the Russian president would submit the Treaty and the draft federal constitutional law "just today".

"We're ready to discuss and approve these laws within the shortest period of time in full compliance with the norms of international law and the Duma regulations. We'll do it till the end of the week," he said.

State Duma lawmakers do not rule out that the documents will be approved at an extraordinary plenary session on March 20. Members of the Federation Council, upper house of parliament, are planning to gather over this issue on March 21.

Russia's Constitutional Court has received the presidential inquiry on checking the agreement on the accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

"On March 18, the Constitutional Court received the president's inquiry on checking the constitutionality of the agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on the accession of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation and formation of new constituent entities within the Russian Federation," Constitutional Court's press service reported.

Putin applies to Constitutional Court for verification of treaty on Crimea, Sevastopol accession

The Russian president has applied to the Russian Constitutional Court for the verification of the constitutionality of the international treaty on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.

The application was filed on Tuesday, the court press service told Interfax on Wednesday. The press service said the issue would not be considered at public hearings.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

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