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Putin signs Crimea annexation

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MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a US decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials. 

President Vladimir Putin signs a law on ratification of a treaty making Crimea part of Russia during a ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday. Looking on are Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house, and Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the lower house. (AFP Photo)

Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old ally, which Washington has blacklisted, and his spokesman said Russia would respond in kind to the financial and visa curbs.

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