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Putin, Crimean leaders sign treaty joining Crimea to Russia

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 01:55

March 18 - As Vladimir Putin accuses the West of reverting to Cold War containment, Vice President Joe Biden weighs in from Warsaw. Jennifer Davis reports.

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President Vladimir Putin delivered a fiercely patriotic speech Tuesday to a joint session of parliament, members of his government, business leaders and Crimean leaders. He described Crimea as an inseparable part of Russia,, accused the West of reverting to Cold War containment by trying to stop the Ukrainian region joining Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Do not believe those who try to scare you by Russia. Who shout that Crimea will be followed by other regions. We do not want the division of Ukraine. We do not need it. " His address was met with thunderous applause and interrupted by clapping at least 30 times. It even brought some women in the audience to tears. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Crimea is our common heritage, and the most important factor for the stability of the region. And this strategic territory should be under strong and stable sovereignty, which in fact could be today only Russian." Then with the Russian national anthem playing, Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Warsaw, where he is seeking to reassure allies in Eastern Europe that Washington understands their concerns and will protect them if needed (SOUNDBITE) JOE BIDEN, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: "The world has seen through Russia's actions and has rejected the flawed logic behind those actions." "Russia's political and economic isolation will only increase if it continues down its current path." Biden is on a two day mission in Warsaw to discuss ways to help the region become less dependent on Russian oil and gas as well as new ways NATO and the United States can support their allies.

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Putin, Crimean leaders sign treaty joining Crimea to Russia

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 01:55