Crimea and Sevastopol join Russia

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18 of March, 2014. In Moscow it was a truly historic meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the head of Sevastopol Alexey Chalykh, Chairman of the state Council of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov and Prime Minister of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov.

On March 18, Crimea and Sevastopol officially accepted into the Russian Federation. The parties have determined that the transitional period for accession to Russia will be effective until 1 January 2015. During this period, should be settled all the issues regarding the integration of Crimea and Sevastopol in the financial, economic, legal and credit system of Russia. Also needs to be resolved issues concerning military duty and military service on the territory of the Federal city of Sevastopol and Republic of Crimea.

On March 18, 2014 in the Republic of Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol legislative and other normative legal acts of the Russian Federation.

The response of the international community

The head of government of Germany Angela Merkel said that, despite the entry of the Crimea into Russia, the Russian Federation nobody is going to exclude from the members of the group. It is only the suspension of preparations for the summit, which is scheduled for June in Sochi.

Previously Laurent Febus (French foreign Minister) stated that Western countries agreed to suspend Russia's participation in G8. He stated that it is planned that will gather seven major powers except Russia.

The head of the French foreign Ministry said that the situation in Crimea violates the Ukrainian Constitution and international law. That is why it was decided to suspend the participation of Russia in "eight".

Fabius stressed that this is only "second level" of sanctions, but they can be translated into "third level". In this case, France could even suspend the execution of the transaction by helicopter carrier type "Mistral". Now, however, this is still not out of the question, because before to impose such sanctions, France must assess all possible implications for their economies and the employment sector.

William Hague (British Foreign Minister) said that in his opinion, Russia's decision on annexation of Crimea may lead to the isolation of the country.

Joe Biden (Vice President USA) said that the EU and the U.S. plans to impose against Russia additional sanctions, if Moscow will continue its chosen policy towards Ukraine. He also condemned the annexation of Crimea.

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