Vladimir Putin to push ahead with annexation of Crimea

Russian president Vladimir Putin has told his parliament of Crimea's application to join Russia, and is set to be moving forward with annexing Crimea into Russia.

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Crimea poll a 'mockery of proper democratic practice'

Britain has rejected Crimea's referendum vote to breakaway from the Ukraine and join Russia, denouncing it as a "mockery of proper democratic practice".

Arriving in Brussels for talks tomorrow with EU foreign ministers, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Russia must now face "economic and political consequences" for its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He added:

Nothing in the way that the referendum has been conducted should convince anyone that it is a legitimate exercise.

The UK does not recognise the referendum or its outcome, in common with the majority of the international community.

Any attempt by the Russian Federation to use the referendum as an excuse to annex the Crimea, or to take further action on Ukrainian territory, would be unacceptable.

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