Ukraine has declared readiness to hold a referendum on status of Crimea

STRASBOURG, October 11 — RIA Novosti. Kiev is ready to hold a new referendum on status of Crimea, said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the PACE session.

“I’m ready for anything, for any option that will correspond to the Ukrainian Constitution. Our Constitution provides for a referendum at the local level and at the national and territorial integrity, and sovereignty is something that is subject to a nationwide referendum, it is allowed”, — said Poroshenko, answering the question British MP Cheryl Gillian. She asked, would the OSCE, EU and other structures to facilitate the holding of a new referendum on status of Crimea.

However, according to Poroshenko, speaking on the referendum only after the “restoration of sovereignty over Crimea.”

“But after that, any democratic process can be, but in accordance with Ukrainian laws,” he added.

Crimea became Russian after the referendum in March 2014, in which more than 95 percent of the voters supported joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. While the Kremlin has stressed that the issue of Crimea “closed permanently”.