Putin signs treaty on making Crimea part of Russia

MOSCOW, March 18 Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:12am EDT

MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin and two Crimean leaders signed a treaty on Tuesday on making the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula a part of Russia.

The signing in the Kremlin came two days after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum condemned by the Ukrainian government, the United States and the European Union as illegitimate.

Crimea's accession still requires the approval of Russian parliament, parliamentary officials say.

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