Taking of Crimea legal: Russian Constitutional Court

AFP , Wednesday 19 Mar 2014

Russia's Constitutional Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin acted legally by signing a treaty to make Crimea part of Russia, in an essential step in the Russian legal process towards ratifying the treaty.

"The Constitutional Court recognised that this treaty complies with the Russian Constitution," court chairman Valery Zorkin told journalists, cited by Interfax news agency. The move allows Putin to hand the treaty to parliament for ratification.

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