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Mar 7, 2014 11:37 AM by Associated Press

Russian and Crimean politicians discuss referendum

MOSCOW (AP) - The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament says if the citizens of Ukraine's Crimea region decide to join Russia in a referendum March 16, they'll be "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation."

The speaker met with the head of the Crimean parliament today to discuss the region's possible accession to Russia.

Meanwhile, authorities say they received a threat that a terrorist attack was planned on a plane carrying Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') home after he addressed European Union leaders in Brussels. Austria's Interior Ministry says SWAT teams boarded the Austrian Airlines flight after it landed in Vienna last night, and found nothing out of the ordinary.

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