Crimea parliament decides to join Russia

MPs vote to pass motion for joining Russia and holding referendum in 10 days

MPs vote to pass motion for joining Russia and holding referendum in 10 days

ANKARA – The Crimean Parliament has approved a motion to join Russia, amid a diplomatic push by the international community to solve the crisis in Ukraine.

Crimean MPs passed a motion on Thursday that asks Russia to consider Crimea`s decision to join and foresees a referendum in 10 days` time.

Meanwhile, the European Union`s leaders will assemble Thursday in Brussels to discuss the crisis and how they should respond.

Some leaders are in favor of tough sanctions against Russia, whose involvement in Crimea is regarded as breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty as of international law, while Germany and others adopt a softer tone.

A press conference is scheduled to be held after the meeting at around 15:00 CET.

Tension remains high in Crimea, where armed troops - believed to be Russian - have reportedly taken control of all the institutions, important roads and airports, in a move that the West considers a violation of international law.

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