March 17, 2014
U.K. to Russia: Crimea Isn’t Scotland

On Sunday, Crimeans voted in a hastily organized referendum to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, pending Moscow’s approval. And while international observers have widely dismissed the vote as illegal, Russian officials have taken issue with that claim, drawing comparisons between Crimea’s independence bid and similar Western ones.

RT, a Kremlin-funded news organization, helpfully compiled a list of “5 referendums that the West has not taken issue with,” including those in Kosovo, Catalonia, and Scotland. And Russian authorities have also cited these precedents. “The decision [by Crimea’s parliament] is fully in line with international practice. It is enough to look at Scotland and you can find other examples,” claimed Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament. “No one says the Scotland referendum is illegal.”
The British government isn’t exactly thrilled about the comparison.
Read more. [Image: Russell Cheyne/Reuters]

U.K. to Russia: Crimea Isn’t Scotland

On Sunday, Crimeans voted in a hastily organized referendum to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, pending Moscow’s approval. And while international observers have widely dismissed the vote as illegal, Russian officials have taken issue with that claim, drawing comparisons between Crimea’s independence bid and similar Western ones.

RT, a Kremlin-funded news organization, helpfully compiled a list of “5 referendums that the West has not taken issue with,” including those in Kosovo, Catalonia, and Scotland. And Russian authorities have also cited these precedents. “The decision [by Crimea’s parliament] is fully in line with international practice. It is enough to look at Scotland and you can find other examples,” claimed Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament. “No one says the Scotland referendum is illegal.”

The British government isn’t exactly thrilled about the comparison.

Read more. [Image: Russell Cheyne/Reuters]

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