Crimea votes to join Russian Federation: 96.77% say YES

Russia, Ukraine The Republic of Crimea has appealed to the UN and the world community to recognize it, according to a document drafted by the region’s Supreme Council.

"The Republic of Crimea intends to build its relations with other states on the basis of equality, peace, mutual neighborly cooperation, and other generally agreed principles of political, economic and cultural cooperation between states," the legislation says.

Crimea was declared an independent sovereign state, the Republic of Crimea, on Monday, the autonomous Ukrainian regional parliament's website stated. The Supreme Council of Crimea unanimously voted to integrate of the region into Russia.

About 93% Of Crimeans In Referendum Voted To Join Russia

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014, RT reported.

Share on tumblrAbout 93 percent of voters in the Crimean referendum have answered ‘yes’ to the autonomous republic joining Russia and only 7 percent of the vote participants want the region to remain part of Ukraine, according to first exit polls.

Polling stations closed in Crimea after the referendum where residents were to decide on the future status of the region.

Ukraine’s Crimea Goes To Independence Poll

A crucial referendum on either becoming an integral part of Russia or staying within Ukraine on conditions of wide autonomy has kicked off in the Republic of Crimea despite international condemnation and pressure from Kiev.

The polling stations of 27 regional Crimean election commissions are going to be open all day long, from 8am until 8pm (0600 GMT- 1800 GMT). Up to 1.5 million people – this is the number of ballots printed for the referendum – are expected to cast their votes in favor of the republic either joining Russia or remaining part of Ukraine.

Beijing Reiterates: Political Solution Only Way out of Crisis in Syria

 LONDON-China reiterates its support for national dialogue to attain a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

In a statement published on Sunday, the Chinese Foreign MinisterWang Yi clarified that Beijing's stance on the crisis in Syria is based on "the need to maintain the goals and principles of the UN Charter and the basic principles of international relations, particularly the non interference in the internal affairs of other countries."

"After three years of crisis, all international parties have reached a consensus that war won't end the crisis and that attaining political solution through negotiations is the only way out," said Wang Yi.

Putin : Ukrainian Crisis Of Domestic Nature, Russia Not To Be Blamed

The Ukrainian crisis is of domestic nature and Russia cannot be blamed for the situation in the county, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said at a meeting with Russian Security Council members. The Russian leader also added that there is a strong need to discuss how to build relations with friends and partners in Ukraine and partners in Europe and the US.

Russia did not initiate crisis over Ukraine, says Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was not to blame for the crisis over Ukraine's Crimea region. At a meeting with paralympic delegations in the Black Sea city of Sochi, Putin thanked officials for keeping politics out of the Winter Paralympics being hosted by Russia.

Belgium takes legal action against terrorists

The trial of a number of terrorists on charges of recruiting Jihadists to send them to fight along with the armed terrorist groups in Syria and Somalia started in Brussels.

AFP said that the case included suing 19 Belgians, including 4 women, who went to fight along with the so-called “al-Shabab Movement” in Somalia and offered logistic support to terrorists through donation campaign in Belgium.

Earlier, Belgian federal prosecutor said that the Belgian Police arrested 12 terrorists who were running a network for recruiting terrorists to send them to fight along with the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Crimean Leaders' Steps Based On International Law, Putin Tells Cameron, Merkel

President Vladimir Putin held talks by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.

"Putin made a point that the steps being taken by the legitimate Crimean authorities are based on international law and aim to protect the legitimate interests of the population of the Crimea," the press service said.

Americans Are Sick of War

Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in:

  • Ukraine
  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Or anywhere else

Indeed, a poll from Pew in December found that a majority of Americans more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”