Ukraine 'blocks accounts of Crimea state treasury': Temirgaliev

10 March 2014 09:49
(QHA) -

Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said Sunday that the administration in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, had blocked Crimea's financial accounts and the electronic systems of the Crimean State Treasury, Anadolu agency reports. 

"We have just received information that Ukraine has blocked the entire system of the Crimean section of the State Treasury, all accounts," Temirgaliyev told the Russian Interfax agency.

But the deputy prime minister said the action would not affect the payment of wages and pensions and officials in Crimea would not allow any catastrophe there.

"People will not be left without pensions and wages in any case," he said. "The situation is under control.

Russian troops maintain their presence in Ukraine's autonomous region of Crimea, where authorities plan to hold a referendum on whether to unite with Russia.

The U.S. has warned Moscow that any action to annex Crimea would close the door to diplomacy."