Crimea parliament votes to join Russia; referendum date set

|By:, SA News Editor

In a twist that's perhaps not really a surprise, Crimea's parliament has voted unanimously for the province to become a part of Russia.

The people of Crimea will get to have their say in a referendum on March 16.

Crimea was part of Russia until 1954 and over the half the population is Russian.

Meanwhile, EU leaders are holding an emergency summit in Brussels to discuss sanctions against Russia over its takeover of Crimea. A yes vote in the referendum would put the West in a bit of a democratic bind.

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