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Russia moves to annex Crimea

By Li Xiaokun and Zhang Yunbi | China Daily | Updated: 2014-03-18 07:49

Chinese observers say the process may be lengthy; West looks to increase sanctions

Russia is working on legislation allowing Crimea to join the country, with the West vowing tougher sanctions against Moscow after Sunday's Crimean referendum.

Crimea formally applied to join Russia on Monday after 97 percent of voters in the referendum opted in favor of quitting Ukraine.

Russia moves to annex Crimea

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