95.7% of Crimeans in Referendum Vote to join Russia, Change Currency to Ruble-Sanctions & Retaliation Next?

Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov (C) stands on a stage as preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Thomas Peter)With nearly 96% of the vote approving Crimea’s return to Russia, the Crimean people have spoken, and will leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
The White House has responded that it will not recognize the decision, and warns that severe economic sanctions against Russia may be implemented as soon as Monday.
Russia has responded that any economic sanctions by the West will be met with severe retaliation (i.e. the end of the petro-dollar).

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Originally posted at RT.com:

Over 95 percent of voters in the Crimean referendum have answered ‘yes’ to the autonomous republic joining Russia and less than 4 percent of the vote participants want the region to remain part of Ukraine, according to preliminary results.

With over 75 percent of the votes already counted, preliminary result show that 95.7 percent of voters said ‘yes’ to the reunion of the republic with Russia as a constituent unit of the Russian Federation. Only 3.2 percent of the ballots were cast for staying with Ukraine as an Autonomous Republic with broader rights. The remaining 1.1 percent of the ballots were declared invalid.

The overall voter turnout in the referendum on the status of Crimea is 81,37%, according to the head of the Crimean parliament’s commission on the referendum, Mikhail Malyshev.

The preliminary results of the popular vote were announced during a meeting in the center of Sevastopol, the city that hosts Russia’s Black Sea fleet. The final results will be announced at a press conference at 7:00 GMT on Monday.

Over a half of the Tatars living in the port city took part in the referendum, with the majority of them voting in favor of joining Russia, reports Itar-Tass citing a representative of the Tatar community Lenur Usmanov. About 40% of Crimean Tatars went to polling stations on Sunday, the republic’s prime minister Sergey Aksyonov said.

In Simferopol, the capital of the republic, at least 15,000 have gathered to celebrate the referendum in central Lenin square and people reportedly keep arriving. Demonstrators, waving Russian and Crimean flags, were watching a live concert while waiting for the announcement of preliminary results of the voting.

 

People wrapped with Russian flags watch fireworks during celebrations after the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Thomas Peter)People wrapped with Russian flags watch fireworks during celebrations after the preliminary results of today’s referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the citizens of the peninsula have been given an opportunity to freely express their will and exercise their right to self-determination.

International observers are planning to present their final declaration on the Crimean referendum on March 17, the head of the monitors’ commission, Polish MP Mateusz Piskorski told journalists. He added that the voting was held in line with international norms and standards.

Next week, Crimea will officially introduce the ruble as a second official currency along with Ukrainian hryvna, Aksyonov told Interfax. In his words, the dual currency will be in place for about six months.

Overall, the republic’s integration into Russia will take up to a year, the Prime Minister said, adding that it could be done faster. However, they want to maintain relations with “economic entities, including Ukraine,” rather than burn bridges.

Moscow is closely monitoring the vote count in Crimea, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Karasin.

The results of the referendum will be considered once they are drawn up,” he told Itar-Tass.

The decision to hold a referendum was made after the bloody uprising in Kiev which ousted President Vladimir Yanukovich from power. Crimea – which is home to an ethnic Russian majority population – refused to recognize the coup-appointed government as legitimate. Crimeans feared that the new leadership would not represent their interests and respect rights. Crimeans were particularly unhappy over parliament’s decision to revoke the law allowing using minority languages – including Russian – as official along with the Ukrainian tongue. Crimeans staged mass anti-Maidan protests and asked Russia to protect them.

 

People wave Russian flag as they celebrate the announcement of preliminary results of today's referendum at Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)
People wave Russian flag as they celebrate the announcement of preliminary results of today’s referendum at Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

 

 

People sing the Russian national anthem as they celebrate in Simferopol's Lenin Square on March 16, 2014 after exit polls showed that about 95.5 percent of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region supported union with Russia (AFP Photo / Dimitar Dilkoff)
People sing the Russian national anthem as they celebrate in Simferopol’s Lenin Square on March 16, 2014 after exit polls showed that about 95.5 percent of voters in Ukraine’s Crimea region supported union with Russia (AFP Photo / Dimitar Dilkoff)

 

 

Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov (C) stands on a stage as preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Thomas Peter)
Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov (C) stands on a stage as preliminary results of today’s referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014 (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

 

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Comments

  1. Dont get me wrong, Im as american as the next guy. But nobamams ill informed and uninformed employees dont know what the fuck they are doing. WWIII is here and I hope you are prepared, even a little bit.

  2.  
    Many believe that Obama is Islamic and the Islamic beliefs require a worldwide bloodbath war before their Leader the Mahdi will come to rule the world with Shariah Law and an Islam only system. It does not matter who starts the war or where it begins as long as it brings total chaos and destruction. This may be Obama’s  intentions here.  He has tried the same thing in other powder keg regions like Egypt, Syria, Libya only to fail but He never stops trying. One of these days He may set off the Big One. It Sounds like we are in Biblical times to me.
     

  3. This situation is too complicated to look for such simple answers as “this election doesn’t  count”.  We have  squadron of  destroyers  running around in the Black Sea (let in by the Turks) and facing the entire Russian navy. Ground troops, at least 2/3 days away. The people have voted and we are out “gunned”. No way WE CAN FIGHT A CURRENCY WAR (USA is broke) or any other type of war and expect to win. BO better shut his “yap” before he drags US into WW111, which NO one wants.  BO, for just one “MOMENT” try and think about what you could do to help create a few decent jobs for the people of the USA.  

    • One thing can be said about war, the country that runs out of money first generally loses.  The EU, UK and US are technically and unoffically bankrupt.  The only serious amount of funds remaining that can be stolen from the people are their stock and bank deposits and pension plans.  Those will be tossed on the fire that is coming   
      Just a word of advice to anyone sitting on the fence in these troubling times
      If you have paper assets at risk; if you have FIAT in a bank, it might be prudent to move it out of harm’s way.  When war comes, whether currency or hot, your funds are not safe.
      This tit for tat escalation of sanctions and currency battles that are coming on every front, can easily lead to bullets and shells lobbed over the lines.

    • @AGXIIK
       
      “One thing can be said about war, the country that runs out of money first generally loses.”
       
      Truth.  But another truth is that the banksters ALWAYS insist that the winner make sure that the war debts of the loser are paid in full.  That way, they can fund both sides, rake in HUGE profits, and be guaranteed that they cannot lose any money.  Now, is that a business plan or what?
       

  4. When all the good God-fearing people of the US did nothing to prevent our country from falling to this level, then the umbrella of protection from above was removed.  We are now individually “on our own” and no longer have a decent God-fearing national leadership and support system to rely upon.  Looks like the separation of the wheat from the chaff is quickly coming to fruition.  To all those that are believers, and to those that may be on the fence…..the time is now to humble ourselves before the Lord and pray for our salvation and that of our nation.  Anything less is mere folly.

    • Fear not brother, but rest assured that GODS three stage  salvation plan for all His creation is perfect, and from where I am seeing it, it is a time to rejoice and reassure those without the gift of faith that The Son of GOD has overcome this world leaving a path home for all.

  5. NATO: Putin stop with the self determination crap in the Ukraine or we well stop you! Putin: How? NATO: We’ll shoot ourselves.

  6. RocketsRedGlare.  I did not realize that red line Obama is always yapping about is just a target reticle circling his foot.

  7. America, this is what you get when the tribe at the CFR takes over your government… “of the banks, by the banks, and for the banks”
    … and don’t say your were not warned

  8. As I see it the vultures are circling.  Not the ones in UKR. The ones circling DC.  Obama lays down another edict;  an E.O. that places ‘sanctions’ on the top Oligarchs in Russia.  From what I’ve heard they are being given 2 weeks.  2 weeks before sanctions are laid down.   Huh!?!!?!
    In Cyprus the Oligarchs were given 1 week to get out of Dodge.   
    If this 2 week time period is accurate, the notion of sanctions with teeth is so completely ridiculous it lends credence to the statement by Obama that he wold have more flexibility once he was reelected  I guess that flexibility means allowing the Russians to get their capital out of harm’s way
    Jim Willie said that UK bankers have a cool $1 billion waiting for BHO when he get’s out of office.  It’s the same amount Merkel has waiting for her. Bernanke and Bush as well   Clinton must have received way over $1 billion for his work
    Flexibility is another word for ‘screwing Average Joe and Jane’    It’s like when the EU Zone says they have to ‘mobilize’ resources to reduce debt and save the TBTF banks in Europe. 
    Mobilize is code for a wealth confiscation and tax. You just can’t make this up or so it seems.

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