Crimea crisis: Vladimir Putin calls up Manmohan to explain position

Mar 19, 2014    

New Delhi: Hours after a defiant Russia claimed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea as part of its territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain Moscow's position with regard to the developments in Ukraine and the referendum in breakaway Crimea.The phone call took place around 7.30 pm on Tuesday after Putin signed a draft treaty with Crimean leaders to make the strategic peninsula a part of Russia. Putin's move came even as the West, mainly the US and Europe, condemned Moscow's actions as a blatant annexation of Crimea.According to the external af...

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