The Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea of Ukraine has adopted a resolution to hold a referendum on 16 March 2014 regarding the status of Crimea.
We have been emphasizing that the political crisis in Ukraine should be settled on the basis of political unity and territorial integrity of the country, within the framework of democratic principles and in accordance with international law and agreements. Also, underlining the particular sensitivity of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea hosting our kinsmen the Crimean Tatars, we called on all relevant parties to act in restraint and common sense to ease the tension in Crimea.
With this understanding, we believe this resolution of the said referendum will not contribute to the settlement of the crisis in the country. We consider this resolution as a dangerous and wrong step that may create negative results in the region and beyond; and that may lead to serious breakups among different groups in Crimea.
We reiterate once more on this occasion that the settlement to the political crisis in Ukraine can not be reached through faits accomplis, but through reconciliation and dialog on the abovementioned basis.