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Show of Hands: Putin Seals the Deal with Crimea

/ Source: Reuters
Image: Russia's President Putin, Crimea's PM Aksyonov, Crimean parliamentary speaker Konstantinov and Sevastopol Mayor
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (front L), Crimean parliamentary speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (back L) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy shake hands after a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow ON March 18. Sergei Ilnitsky / Pool via Reuters

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimea’s Prime Minster and parliamentary speaker signed a treaty on Tuesday making the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula a part of Russia. The signing in the Kremlin came two days after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum condemned by the Ukrainian government, the United States and the European Union as illegitimate.

In the photo above, Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, parliamentary speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, President Putin and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy shake hands after the signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18.

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