President Putin: Expedient Crimea joins Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

President Putin has issued an order stating he considers it expedient to sign a treaty with Crimea to make it part of Russia, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

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Vladimir Putin to push ahead with annexation of Crimea

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