SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

March 16, the day when all-Crimean referendum was conducted, may be declared day off in Crimea, Speaker of Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov announced.

According to him, Crimean MPs are ready to submit the appropriate issue at the next Parliament session.

"We approach the first anniversary, it is very important that this holiday will become a republican. We will surely declare March 16 a day off and will celebrate it properly. This day is significant for us and the whole Russia”- Konstantinov noted.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following a local referendum, which asked the people of Crimea whether they wanted to join Russia as a federal subject, or if they wanted to restore the 1992 Crimean constitution and Crimea's status as a part of Ukraine.

At first, Moscow denied the presence of its troops in Crimea, but later Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that Russian troops were present in Crimea before the referendum and argued that it was necessary to let Crimeans make the choice on the future of the region.

The International community-- the European Union, the United States and other countries such as Japan and Canada-- did not recognize the results of the referendum as well as Crimea’s unification with Russia and imposed numerous sanctions against Russia.

 

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