Russian Parliament approves Crimea annexation deal

Friday, March 21, 2014

Russia's upper house Federation Council has approved the deal on Crimea joining the Russian Federation in its Friday session

Russia's upper house Federation Council has approved the deal on Crimea joining the Russian Federation in its Friday session

MOSCOW - Russia's upper house Federation Council has approved the deal on Crimea joining the Russian Federation on Friday.

In its Friday session, the Federation Council discussed the deal Russian and Crimean leaders signed on March 18 which stipulates, "the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia and the formation of new federal regions."

155 senators of the upper house voted unanimously to ratify the treaty and passed the federal law on the Crimea annexation.

The federal law states that Crimea is accepted into the Russian Federation as of March 18.

The deal will be officially put into force once Russian Vladimir President Putin signs it.

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