Top lawmaker: Russia would welcome Crimea

Top lawmaker: Russia would welcome Crimea

Top lawmaker: Russia would welcome Crimea (March 7, 2014 11:32 AM)

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia rallied support Friday for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine, with Russia's top lawmaker assuring her Crimean counterpart that the region would be welcomed as "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation." Across Red Square, 65,000 people waved Russian flags, chanting "Crimea is Russia!"

The strategic peninsula in southern Ukraine has become the flashpoint...

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