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Crimea already considered part of Russia: Kremlin

Published on Mar 18, 2014 8:24 PM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (second right), Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (left), Crimean parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (second from left) and Alexei Chaly, Sevastopol's new de facto mayor (right), join hands after signing a treaty on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula becoming part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18, 2014. The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it now considers Crimea part of Russia following the signing of a treaty, despite strong objections from the international community which insists the Black Sea peninsula is Ukrainian territory. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it now considers Crimea part of Russia following the signing of a treaty, despite strong objections from the international community which insists the Black Sea peninsula is Ukrainian territory.

"The Republic of Crimea is considered to be part of Russia from the date of the signing of the treaty," the Kremlin said, minutes after President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty with Crimean leaders on bringing the Russian-speaking region under Kremlin rule.