Crimean people celebrate Crimea being accepted as part of the Russian Federation in Simferopol, the Republic of Crimea, March 18, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Crimea signed a treaty on Tuesday accepting the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of the Russian territory. (Xinhua/Sadat)
Russia adopts Crimea, Sevastopol as its territory
MOSCOW, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament Tuesday to ratify a treaty adopting two new regions, the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, into its territory.
The treaty was signed with the Crimean government's delegation during a ceremony in the Kremlin following Putin's unscheduled address to both houses of the Russian parliament, or the Federal Assembly. Full story