The Black Sea peninsula, with a Russian ethnic majority has sent a formal request to Moscow to join Russia while preserving its status as a republic, the parliament said in a statement.
The Crimean parliament declared independence last week ahead of the referendum promising that if the measure passed the de facto independent government would immediately request annexation by Russia.
"The republic of Crimea appeals to the United Nations and to all countries of the world to recognize it as an independent state established by the Crimean people," a document approved Monday by the parliament declared.
A Crimean parliamentary delegation is due to arrive in Moscow on Monday to discuss the procedures required for Crimea to become part of Russia.
In the latest sign of Crimea’s growing attempts to align with Russia, its parliament voted Monday to change the clock in the republic to Moscow time on March 30 and introduce the Russian ruble as an official currency and abandon Ukraine’s hryvnia by January 2016.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the international community Monday to recognize the right of Crimea to determine its own path.
(the Voice of Russia - Photo: hidfo.net)
Crimea is ready for military assistance to Ukraine's eastern and southern counties
"Crimea is ready for military assistance to Ukraine's eastern and southern Russian majority populated counties, if necessary" said Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliyev.
"We don't expect Ukrainian invasion, we've reinforced the narrow mass of land links the peninsula to the mainland and our fighting force has been increasing by the day" said the deputy prime minister.
After the Ukrainian military units stationed in the peninsula have been dispersed due to the outcome of the referendum, their weaponry have been appropriated by Crimean militias.
Crimean authorities have brought to the attention of the disbanded Ukrainian units that they can settle on the peninsula if they want to.
(hidfo.net – hungarianambiance.com)