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Referendum 'no different to Scotland', Crimea minister says

Crimea's new information minister has told ITV News that the planned referendum on Sunday is no different to the situation in Scotland and Catalonia.

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Russia 'may suspend nuclear arms inspections'

Russia may suspend nuclear arms inspections in a treaty with the US in reaction to Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russian news agencies quoted an unnamed defence ministry source as saying.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry Credit: Hakan Goktepe/AA/ABACAPRESS. COM

"The ungrounded threats to Russia from the US and NATO over its Ukrainian policy are regarded by us as an unfriendly gesture and allow us to announce force majeure," the unnamed source was quoted as saying by the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

"We are ready to take this step as a response to the Pentagon's statements about suspension of engagements between the armies of Russia and the US," the source added.

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