State Duma deputy Sheremet from the Crimea region is confident that not only the Kherson region, but also the rest of Ukraine will “inevitably” join Russia. According to him, “over time” Russian troops will occupy Odessa from the Nikolaev region, and there will also be referendums “in which the people will choose their new future”.
“The southern regions of Ukraine were historically part of the Russian Empire, and their reunification with Russia is inevitable,” Sheremet says.
However, the MP added that it was “premature” to hold a referendum on any of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories. “We need to complete special operations. <...> and ensure security. <...> “We need to create all the conditions for people to take a balanced and democratic decision,” he said.
As Sheremet points out, as rockets fly in cities, “it will be difficult for people to make such a responsible choice.”
In Russia, a referendum on the annexation of the Kherson region to the Russian Federation can take place simultaneously with the referendums on the inclusion of DPR, LPR and South Ossetia. The correct time is one voting day at a time on September 11, 2022. suggested State Duma deputy (Fair Russia – Patriots – For the Truth party) Nikolai Novichkov.
“I see this as a very realistic scenario, I think the option of holding a referendum in September is possible. <...> You can do this even before the end of the special operation, I do not see any obstacles here,” he said.
However, Senator Andrei Klimov explained in an interview with socialbites.ca that a referendum may not be required in the Russian Federation to join the Kherson region or other regions.
“When a region is part of our essay, they submit an application and the results are added to it. [местного] referendum. Further, the leadership of the Russian Federation decides on eligibility, after which an agreement is signed on the entry of this territory into Russia, subject to the approval of both parliaments. All Russian citizens over the age of 18 have the right to elect officials: the President and the Parliament. That is why the president, parliament and duly elected composition of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation make decisions on behalf of the citizens of the Russian Federation, our only source of power.
The President of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, who lost the presidential election the previous day, held a referendum on July 17 to join Russia. The politician explained that joining the Russian Federation is an “old dream” and “aspiration” of the Ossetian people. Saying “We are going home, we are going to Russia”, Bibilov used these words while signing the referendum decree.
The elected president of South Ossetia, Alan Gagloev, who will take office on May 20, is not against the referendum. However, he said it was necessary to “reach specific agreements” with Moscow first, so as not to complicate “an already difficult geopolitical situation”. The Kremlin has so far reacted cautiously to news about the referendum, stating that it only respects the “opinion of the South Ossetian people”.
On May 14, State Duma deputy Artur Taymazov announced that South Ossetia would follow the path of Crimea in unification with Russia. “If we have already decided to hold a referendum, I think so, we are moving towards reunification. [Южной Осетии с Россией]” he replied to the relevant question.
“Russia is holding this referendum. [в Южной Осетии] out of place now” thinks Konstantin Zatulin, Special Representative of the State Duma for Immigration and Citizenship.
Zatulin noted that Bibilov “did not act quite right” – the elected head of the republic should have called a referendum, not a loser. “It comes from the desire to finally do something, it’s ugly,” said the special envoy.
Meanwhile, neither the Georgian authorities nor the Ukrainian authorities will recognize the legitimacy of the respective referendums. The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the “negotiations on holding a referendum” in South Ossetia as “unacceptable”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday that Kiev will never recognize Crimea as part of Russia and will never accept the separation of Donbass. He also promised to withdraw from negotiations with Russia in the event of a referendum in the territories occupied by the Russian army. On 11 May, the Kremlin reported that negotiations with Ukraine are currently proceeding “very slowly and ineffectively”.
Sheremet, deputy of the State Duma from the Crimea region, said that “recognition of the people’s republics of Crimea and Donbass, as well as the rejection of any claims and encroachments on these lands” by Ukraine is one of the conditions for ending the Russian military operation. But, according to Sheremet, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “refused at the request of American bosses”.
The deputy also said that Zelensky’s stance on the ownership of Donbass and Crimea “does not concern anyone anymore” because Zelensky will soon be sent to “the dustbin of history”. “The position and statements of non-recognition of the republics of Crimea and Donbass are no longer interesting, insignificant and indifferent to anyone,” Sheremet said.
Yefim Fiks, first vice-president of the Crimean parliament, spoke in the same vein. “For us, recognition of Crimea by Ukraine is like a stop sign for a rabbit. <...> We’ll take care of our own business,” Fix summed up.