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Russia Makes It Official

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(CNN) -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the country's upper and lower houses of parliament signed a deal Friday that formally concludes the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region to Russia.

The upper house unanimously approved the ratification of the treaty a day after it was overwhelmingly passed by Russia's lower house of Parliament, the State Duma.

Russia's moves to annex Crimea, following a contested weekend referendum in the Black Sea peninsula, have turned a confrontation with Europe and the United States into the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

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