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Thursday, 6 March 2014 | MYT 6:45 PM

Bill on simplifying procedure to join Russia may be passed next week - Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A bill on simplifying the procedure for "parts of foreign states" to join the Russian Federation could be adopted next week, a politician who crafted the bill was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Itar-Tass news agency quoted Sergei Mironov as saying: "Speaking plainly, this bill was introduced by me for the sake of Crimea."

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Jason Bush)

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