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Valdimir Putin adresses parliament
Valdimir Putin adresses parliament
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CRIMEA OFFICIALLY PART OF RUSSIA
Russian President Vladimir Putin officially asked the Russian Parliament for Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to become new members of the Russian Federation and introduced a bill that he urged them to sign following his address.

  • Putin said it would have been a “betrayal” not to rescue Crimea and defended the result of Sunday’s referendum. “In people’s heart of hearts, Crimea has always been part of Russia,” he said, adding that under former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev Crimeans “were handed over like a sack of potatoes” to Ukraine without their approval.

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