Russian President Putin Claims Crimea is Now Part of Russia

Published 03/18 2014 09:53AM

Updated 03/18 2014 09:54AM

(NBC News) President Vladimir Putin defiantly signed a draft treaty making Crimea part of Russia Tuesday, despite the threat of even more U.S. sanctions against his country.

The document was signed in front of cameras and cheering lawmakers gathered in the Kremlin. It is expected to be ratified later by Russia's parliament.

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