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Putin: Crimea Always an 'Inalienable' Part of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine's Crimea region has always been an "inalienable" part of Russia - yet another move likely to further escalate tensions with Ukraine and the West. Putin was outlining Crimea's importance to Russia Tuesday in a speech before the Russian parliament. On Monday, Putin endorsed a draft treaty to make Crimea part of the Russian Federation. To come into force, the treaty must go through several more procedures including approval by...

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