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Vladmir Putin signs laws completing procedure to absorb Crimea into Russia

Friday, 21 March 2014 - 5:14pm IST | Agency: 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.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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