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Putin signs laws completing procedure to absorb Crimea into Russia

Published on Mar 21, 2014 7:49 PM
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev during a meeting with Interior Ministry personnel in Moscow, on March 21, 2014. President Putin signed legislation on Friday that completed the process of absorbing Crimea into Russia, defying Western leaders who say the Black Sea peninsula remains part of Ukraine. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin signed legislation on Friday that completed the process of absorbing Crimea into Russia, defying Western leaders who say the Black Sea peninsula remains part of Ukraine.

In a Kremlin ceremony shown live on state television, Putin signed a law on ratification of a treaty making Crimea part of Russia as well as legislation creating two new Russian administrative districts: Crimea and the port city of Sevastopol.