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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crimea Told To Toe Line

KIEV -- Ukraine's parliament has sought to put Crimea in its place, afirming that the autonomous region had no right to conduct independent foreign, defense or monetary policies.


A resolution passed Thursday by 222 votes to four gave Crimean authorities a month to bring their constitution and legislation into line with Ukrainian law. The move was clearly aimed at efforts by Crimea's new president, Yury Meshkov, to forge closer ties with Russia.


But deputies representing Ukrainian national and Crimean interests said its terms were mild and would probably have little effect on Crimea's policies.


"Crimea as an integral autonomous part of Ukraine has no rights to state sovereignty and may not enter into political relations with other foreign states," the resolution said.


It also said Crimea, where 70 percent of 2.7 million residents are ethnic Russians, could not offer citizenship separate from Ukraine, raise its own army or introduce its own currency and financial systems.