History is being made as Crimea moves in the direction of becoming part of Russia. Crimea has been taking moves to join Russia, reported The Moscow Times on March 7, 2014. The Crimean parliament voted in favor of joining Russia on Thursday and its pro-Russian government announced that a referendum would be held on the decision on March 16.
If the likely joining of Crimea with Russia occurs, all state property would be nationalized, the Russian ruble would be adopted as the new currency, and all Ukrainian troops would be forced to either leave Crimea or surrender to the new government, according to Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Askyonov. Alexander Svistunov, head of the Russian movement of Ukraine, said at a press conference in Moscow, "Crimea wants to be part of Russia. We want to live with our people, and our people are in Russia." However, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk says a referendum in Crimea was illegitimate and that the republic "is, was and will be an integral part of Ukraine."
Crimea’s pro-Russian parliament has voted to have the tense Ukrainian region secede and join Russia, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. This news has set off anger in Kiev as the EU has warned of harsh sanctions on Moscow if it keeps refusing to pursue a path of dialogue. Nevertheless, Russian forces are in effective control of Crimea, which is actually home to an ethnic Russian majority. This tense situation has created Europe’s worst security emergency in the post-Cold War era. The world is watching the unfolding of events in Crimea carefully.