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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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Russia deputy PM mocks Western sanctions

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin's decree recognising Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country" has triggered the toughest Western sanctions against Russia since the Cold War.

But one of the top Russian officials hit by sanctions mocked US President Barack Obama.

"Comrade Obama, what should those who have neither accounts nor property abroad do? Have you not thought about it?" Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted. "I think the decree of the President of the United States was written by some joker."

Moscow considers the vote legitimate and Mr Putin plans to address both houses of parliament tomorrow on the Crimean situation.

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