Moscow (QHA) -

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved draft agreement between Russia and Crimea on accepting Crimea to the Russian Federation as a new subject of federation.  Relevant order is posted on the official website of legal information of Russia. 

Also today, March 18, 15.00 Moscow time, Putin will address State Duma deputies, Federation Council members, the governors of Russian regions and civil society representatives in connection with an appeal from the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to be included into the Russian Federation.

As reported earlier, Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state and introduced draft law on Crimea’s accession to Russia to the Federation Council.

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