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Crimea welcome, Moscow signals

Updated: 2014-03-08 08:41
By Agencies in Simferopol, Ukraine ( China Daily)

Top Russian lawmakers on Friday welcomed the prospect of Crimea joining the country, despite the threat of Western sanctions.

Observers say sanctions could actually backfire on the United States and Europe.

The heads of Russia's two houses of parliament said they would respect a decision by lawmakers in Ukraine's majority-Russian peninsula to renounce ties with Kiev and stage a March 16 referendum on switching over to Kremlin rule.

Crimea welcome, Moscow signals

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