MOSCOW, March 17 The speaker of Crimea's
regional assembly said Moscow was likely to respond swiftly to
Sunday's referendum on the southern Ukrainian region joining
With more than half the votes counted, the head of the
referendum commission said more than 95 percent of ballots had
been cast in favour of union with the Russian Federation, which
is widely expected to accept Crimea.
"I think that (Russia) will answer quickly, because you see
what is happening to people, it is an important event, it is not
only a Crimean event, it is a Russian and a global event,"
Vladimir Konstantinov told Rossiya 24 news channel.