Konstantynov: Crimea will seek state status at referendum

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March 3, 2014, 10:06 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea Volodymyr Konstantynov.

Volodymyr Konstantynov, chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea, said that the administration of Crimea does not report to the new central administration in Kyiv.

"The Supreme Council of Crimea does not report to the new administration in Kyiv," Konstantynov said.

Speaking about the goals of the upcoming referendum, Konstantynov said that "we will raise the question of changing the autonomous status of Crimea to state status. For that reason, we plan to build our relations with the central administration on a contractual basis," he said.

Konstantynov also said that NATO troops are not expected on the peninsula. "We did not ask NATO to send troops. This land belongs to the Russian world. We are asking everyone to always remember that. It is a thousand years of history. The people of Russia and Ukraine belong to the Russian world," he said.


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