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Putin signs treaty, adds Crimea to map of Russia

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published March 18, 2014 at 6:58 a.m. Updated March 18, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin drinks water as he addresses the Federal Assembly in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and a response to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.

MOSCOW — With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.

In an emotional 40-minute speech televised live from the Kremlin, Putin said "in people's hearts and minds, Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia."

He dismissed Western criticism of Sunday's Crimean referendum, in which residents of the strategic Black Sea peninsula overwhelmingly backed breaking off from Ukraine and joining Russia, as a manifestation of the West's double standards.

But the Russian leader insisted his nation has no intention to invade other regions of Ukraine, saying "we don't want a division of Ukraine, we don't need that."

Putin referred to Ukraine as a state born out of an illegal secession from the Soviet Union. He also argued that today's Ukraine includes "regions of Russia's historic south" and was created on a whim by the Bolsheviks.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 18, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.

Good! Now we can go on with our lives.

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SUPERDUTY says... March 18, 2014 at 1:44 p.m.

They voted 97% to join Russia. Why is that our business?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 18, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

Not only that, if one wanted to vote they HAD to show I.D. to do so.

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GrimReaper says... March 18, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

“We’re making it clear there are consequences for these actions,” President Barack Obama said in a televised statement in the White House briefing room Monday. “The international community will continue to stand together to oppose any violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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My, my! How the pooty cats do roar..............

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 18, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

ht tp://abcnews.go.c om/US/wireStory/ny-senate-rejects-immigrant-student-dream-act-22950257

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

ht tp://abcnews.go.c om/blogs/headlines/2014/03/russian-deputy-pm-laughs-at-obamas-sanctions/

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T6 says... March 18, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

Whoa.... Looks like President Vladimir Putin's got a "pen and phone" and is not afraid to use them.

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cliffcarson says... March 18, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

I guess what bothers me most about this event in a land far, far, away is that our News Media seem to just ignore the Coup that put the Neo-Nazis in power. Yes "Yats" to echo Mrs. Nuland is a hand picked by the United States Nefarious Agency to be the high potentate in the Ukraine. He is a former official of the International Money boys- you might remember their Ancestor, Nathon Rothschild, who claimed that the time to make real money is when the streets are running red with blood. So his progeny and their friends have come thru the centuries promoting war as a wonderful Profit Venture.
Their group now control more than one half of the World's wealth, and that is not enough, they want to control it all. Yats is also a Nazi sympathizer. You won't see it on main street media but if you seine around just a little you can find plenty of videos of them wearing their arm band Swastikas.

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T6 says... March 18, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Cliff I read that too.

Cliff you might want to research Mrs. Nuland and her husband with PNAC.

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