The Ukrainian parliament yesterday postponed debate on the Crimean constitution until April 2. (Interfax, March 26) This means that the constitution will not be approved before the March 31 deadline set by the Crimean parliament. Earlier, Crimean leaders threatened that, if approval was not granted by that date, they might call a referendum on the status of the peninsula. The topic of the referendum was not announced, but the unspoken threat is that it would relate to Crimea’s secession from Ukraine.
Ukraine Sees Broader Prospects of Cooperation with NATO.