Putin backs Crimea reunification treaty with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a draft treaty between Crimea and Moscow on the Ukrainian breakaway region’s reunification with Russia, the Kremlin said Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports.

The Russian leader has formally informed the Russian parliament of a request from Crimea to join Russia as a new federal subject with the status of a republic. The city of Sevastopol, which hosts a major Russian naval base, would have a special status within the republic.

Putin on Tuesday will address an assembly of both houses of parliament, heads of regions and representatives of public organizations about the request by Ukraine’s Crimea to become part of Russia.

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