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Published: Tuesday March 18, 2014 MYT 2:55:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday March 18, 2014 MYT 2:56:00 PM

Putin moves ahead with procedure to bring Crimea into Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin pressed forward on Tuesday with the procedure for bringing Ukraine's Crimea region into Russia, informing his government and parliament of the Crimean leadership's proposal to join Russia.

The steps, announced by the Kremlin, came a day after Putin recognised Crimea as an independent state following a referendum in which its voters supported joining Russia. Putin is to address parliament later on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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