Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Russia may ratify annexation of Crimea in several days

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The Russian Federation Council has announced that the decision may be made very quickly.

"If the majority of citizens supports the idea of joining the Russian Federation and the corresponding appeal is sent to the Russian President, the issue may be decided within 3-5 days, interfax.by quotes members of the constitutional legislation committee Anatoli Lyskov.

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is in a special situation in Ukraine, he claimed. The Crimean authorities are legitimate unlike the ones in Kiev where power had been seized illegally, Lyskov thinks.

The referendum in Crimea will be the only legitimate way of expressing the peoples will. If the majority of Crimeans support the idea of joining the Russian Federation, the international community will have no reason to refute its legitimacy.

The Crimean authorities changed the referendum date to Match 16.