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Russia's Putin, Crimean Leaders Sign Annexation Treaty

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders have signed treaties making Ukraine's Crimea and the city of Sevastopol part of the Russian Federation.

Addressing a special joint session of the Russian parliament ahead of the signing ceremony on March 18, Putin said to a standing ovation that "in the hearts and minds of people, Crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia."

He said Crimea's secessionist referendum on March 16 was democratic and in full accordance with international law. He said results of the referendum -- in which Crimea's secessionist authorities said 97 percent of voters backed joining Russia -- were "fully convincing."

He said Russia "could not ignore the pleas [for help]. We could not leave Crimea and its people in trouble. It would have been nothing short of betrayal."

The treaties were signed on March 18 by Putin; regional parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov; secessionist Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov; and Sevastopol's self-declared mayor, Aleksei Chaly.

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With reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and Interfax

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