Russia's parliament to pass laws needed for Crimea's accession quickly-Ifax

MOSCOW, March 17 Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:57am EDT

MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament will pass legislation allowing Ukraine's southern Crimea region to join Russia "in the very near future", news agency Interfax cited its deputy speaker as saying.

"Results of the referendum in Crimea clearly showed that residents of Crimea see their future only as part of Russia," Sergei Neverov was quoted as saying.