Vladimir Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty

Vladimir Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty

BBC: The Russian president and the leaders of Crimea have signed a bill to absorb the peninsula into Russia.

Mr. Putin told parliament that Crimea, which was taken over by pro-Russian forces in February, had "always been part of Russia."

Kiev said it would never accept the treaty and the US has called a G7-EU crisis meeting next week in The Hague.

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