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Breaking News: Putin issues his own executive orders

Putin approved the draft which approves admission of the Republic of Crimea
Putin approved the draft which approves admission of the Republic of Crimea
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Governments around the world are slowly issuing sanctions on Russia. Today, Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed his own executive order. His did not deal with sanctions but rather his approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea.

Putin approved the draft which approves admission of the Republic of Crimea, including the city of Sevastopol, into the Russian Federation and the formation of new constituent territories within the Russian Federation.

Dmitry Loskutov, aide to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was quick to tweet a “standing ovation,’ to the Napoleon-like Russian leader.

Putin compares Crimea to Kosovo and accuses the West of double standards. In his speech to the Kremlin today (broadcasting live on BBC), he says Russian trrops merely went into Crimea to strengthen the forces already there. He even claimed that there were no shots fired in Crimea. He claimed to respect Ukraine and warned them not to trust those who speak against Russia.

Yesterday, President Obama issued another executive order authorizing even more sanctions on Russia. This one targets specific Russian officials but not President Vladimir Putin himself. This latest executive order (EO) means that any assets owned by the targeted Russians in the US will now be frozen.

In a separate executive order Putin also relieved Vasily Yurchenko “of his duties as Governor of Novosibirsk Region due to loss of confidence of the President of the Russian Federation,” according to the Kremlin. Yurchenko is a Soviet-born Ukrainian. Vladimir Gorodetsky has been named the Acting Governor of Novosibirsk Region.

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