Crimea's Parliament Votes to Join Russia
Mar 6, 2014 | 19:48 GMT
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Crimea's parliament voted March 6 for the autonomous region to join the Russian Federation and changed the date for the upcoming referendum on Crimea's status from March 30 to March 16. These decisions are tools Russia can use to increase pressure on the West as the European Union meets to discuss potential responses to Russian military moves in Crimea. In the long run, Russia's decision to formally annex Crimea would warn the West against its efforts to integrate Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova — countries where the European Union and Russia are competing for influence.