Prague - The referendum in Crimea on its joining to Russia is at variance with the valid constitution of Ukraine, but the result reflects people´s dissatisfaction with the current arrangement, Czech President Milos Zeman believes, his spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said today.
Prezident Miloš Zeman poskytl 27. února na Pražském hradě rozhovor ČTK. Vzadu je jeho tiskový mluvčí Jiří Ovčáček. ČTK Vondrouš Roman
A total of 96.6 percent of the Crimea inhabitants who participated in the Sunday referendum voted in support of Crimea becoming part of the Russian Federation.
Zeman believes that Crimea´s autonomy should be strengthened in reaction to the referendum result.
"I recall that former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger has voiced the same opinion," Ovcacek told journalists.
Crimean parliament declared an independent sovereign state called the Crimean Republic in reaction to the referendum result and applied for entry into the Russian Federation as its new entity.
The European Union and its allies, including the United States, do not recognise the referendum held in the presence of thousands of unmarked Russian soldiers.
The Ukrainian government also said the voting was at variance with the Ukrainian constitution and international law.