At an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea adopted an address to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him whether Russia is ready to accept Crimea as a member of the Russian Federation, Volodymyr Klychnikov, a member of the presidium of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, told Interfax.
"We have made the process in such a way that the people of Crimea know how to vote in the referendum and answer questions about the possible joining of the autonomous republic to the Russian Federation. We now expect an answer from President Vladimir Putin," Klychnikov said.
The administration of Sevastopol has made a decision to take part in the all-Crimean referendum, which is scheduled for March 16, he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed on Thursday about the Crimean Supreme Council's decision to join Russia, the Rossiya-1 TV channel reported with reference to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
It was reported earlier that the Crimean Supreme Council had adopted a resolution on the autonomous republic's accession to Russia on Thursday.
The Crimean Supreme Council's press center issued an identical report. The Council also asked the Russian president and the Russian Federal Assembly to start a procedure of Crimea's accession to Russia as its constituent part.
A source from the Crimean legislature told Interfax the resolution had been supported by 78 votes.
The Crimean Supreme Council decided on Thursday that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea would become a part of Russia, the Crimean parliament press center said.
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