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Published: Thursday August 14, 2014 MYT 7:45:02 PM
Updated: Thursday August 14, 2014 MYT 7:46:30 PM

Putin says Russian military to set up a task force in Crimea

YALTA Crimea (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he signed off on establishing a Russian military task force in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine, but said the presence would not be too heavy or costly.

"The Defence Ministry prepared ... a separate programme for the creation and development of military forces in Crimea. I approved this programme," Putin said on a visit to the Black Sea peninsula. "It will not be excessive, it will not be expensive."

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing Christian Lowe)

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