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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the country’s upper and lower houses of Parliament signed a deal today that formally annexes Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Russia’s upper house of Parliament unanimously approved the ratification of the treaty today, a day after the lower house, the State Duma, overwhelmingly passed it.

Russia’s moves to annex Crimea, following a contested weekend referendum in the Black Sea peninsula, have turned a confrontation with Europe and the United States into the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

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OBAMA HAS 4 DAYS TO STOP PUTIN


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Obama Has 4 Days to Stop Putin

Vladimir Putin has agreed to a ceasefire in Ukraine until March 21, leaving the Obama administration with just a few days to prevent an all-out war, report Eli Lake and Josh Rogin. It looks like U.S. sanctions aren’t much of a threat: Russian investment firm Marco Advisory predicts the West will not impose “disruptive” or “catastrophic” sanctions, at least until Russia crosses another line. Obama knows he needs to make a stronger move, he just needs to decide what.

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THIS JUST IN FROM RUSSIA . . .


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Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused the United States and other Western nations of a double standard in criticizing his nation’s incursion into Crimea. He said the U.S. acted in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya without a U.N. resolution authorizing that action or by “twisting” U.N. resolutions.

Putin also said Russia is not trying to make Crimea a part of Russia. Only people who live in Crimea can determine their future, he said.

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