MOSCOW, March 7 Russia's upper house of
parliament will support Crimea's decision if the Ukrainian
region decides in a referendum to join Russia, RIA Novosti cited
the head of the Federation Council as saying.
"If the people of Crimea take the decision in the referendum
to join Russia, we, as the upper house (of parliament), will of
course support such a decision," Valentina Matviyenko, head of
the Russian Federation Council, was quoted as saying.
The Crimean parliament decided to hold a referendum on
whether the region should join Russia on March 16.