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Thursday 2 October 2014

Crimea assembly speaker expects quick Moscow decision on union

Published 16/03/2014 | 21:48

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Ukrainians living in Malaga sing the Ukrainian anthem during a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and in favor of unity and democratic freedom in Ukraine, in downtown Malaga, southern Spain, March 16, 2014. France on Sunday demanded Russia immediately take measures to reduce "pointless and dangerous" tensions in Ukraine, calling the secession referendum held in the Crimea region illegal. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ELECTIONS)
Ukrainians living in Malaga sing the Ukrainian anthem during a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and in favor of unity and democratic freedom in Ukraine, in downtown Malaga, southern Spain

The speaker of Crimea's regional assembly said Moscow was likely to respond swiftly to Sunday's referendum on the southern Ukrainian region joining Russia.

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With more than half the votes counted, the head of the referendum commission said more than 95 percent of ballots had been cast in favour of union with the Russian Federation, which is widely expected to accept Crimea.

"I think that (Russia) will answer quickly, because you see what is happening to people, it is an important event, it is not only a Crimean event, it is a Russian and a global event," Vladimir Konstantinov told Rossiya 24 news channel.

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