Crimea now part of Russia – Kremlin

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MOSCOW (AFP) – The Kremlin said Tuesday that it now considers Crimea part of Russia following the signing of a treaty, despite strong objections from the international community which insists the Black Sea peninsula is Ukrainian territory.

“The Republic of Crimea is considered to be part of Russia from the date of the signing of the treaty,” the Kremlin said, minutes after President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty with Crimean leaders on bringing the Russian-speaking region under Kremlin rule.

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