Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend
Crimea's situation will give an impetus to the beginning of a new cold war, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on March 19, Turkish İHA news agency reported.
"No side will benefit in case of the Cold War," he said.
Russia and the region of Ukraine - Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea and Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation on March 18.
A referendum on the status of Crimea was held on March 16. More than 96 percent of voters voted for the autonomy joining Russia.
Most world countries issued a statement of non-recognition of the referendum results.
There was a change of power in Ukraine on February 22.
The Verkhovna Rada ousted President Yanukovych, changed the constitution and set the presidential election on May 25. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under threat of violence. He remains the legally elected president. A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada and made a decision on holding a referendum on the future situation of regions.
Translated by NH