Putin backs signing agreement with Crimea on joining Russia: Kremlin

MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin has backed the approval of a draft agreement which would incorporate Ukraine's region of Crimea into Russian territory, according to an official instruction published on Tuesday.

Putin instructed the organs of power in Russia to approve Crimea becoming part of Russia and said it was "expedient to sign... the agreement at a high level," according to the Kremlin instruction published on the official legal information website.

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