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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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Crimean parliament formally applies to join Russia

Crimea's parliament has formally applied to become part of Russia.

The parliament "made a proposal to the Russian Federation to admit the Republic of Crimea as a new subject with the status of a republic," according to a statement on its website.

A Crimean parliamentary delegation is expected to arrive in Moscow today to discuss the procedures required for the Black Sea peninsula to become part of the Russian Federation.

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