Rustam Temirgaliyev speaks to John Simpson
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Crimea will be part of Russia 'in a few days' - Deputy PM

6 March 2014 Last updated at 16:18 GMT

First Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliev, says that he is confident that the region will be part of the Russian Federation "in a few days".

Speaking to the BBC's World Affairs editor John Simpson, he said that he was confident that up to 75% of Crimean citizens would support such a move.

MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation. There will be a referendum to ratify the parliament decision on 16 March.