(QHA) -

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Sergei Aksyonov to be the acting governor of Crimea until elections are held later this year, RFE/RL reports.

Putin said that in accordance with legislation of the Russian Federation, it was necessary to name an acting governor.

Aksyonov said he would "justify the trust" Putin has shown him. He added there is much to do to complete the process of Crimea uniting with Russia.

Putin also confirmed that elections for governor and parliament would be held in Crimea on September 14.

Aksyonov pledged that Crimea would be ready to hold the elections.

The elections are likely to increase tensions between Russia and the West.

Western nations in particular continue to say Russia's March annexation of Crimea from Ukraine is illegal.

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