Vladimir Putin

Kosovo Leader Dismisses Parallels With Crimea

"Under no circumstances can the cases of Kosovo and Crimea be compared," Prime Minister Thaci told the online magazine Business New Europe.

Referring to Russia’s union with Crimea on March 18, Thaci said the situation could not be compared to Kosovo, "either in its legal, political or historical circumstances.

Athens urges diplomatic effort over Crimea

Armed Russian forces arresting Ukrainian army officers during an operation in Simferopol on Tuesday.

Greece’s prime minister and foreign minister walked a careful line on Tuesday between backing the European Union’s position on Crimea but also insisting that attempts should continue at reaching a diplomatic compromise with Russia over the Ukrainian region.

Putin Says Kosovo Precedent Justifies Crimea Secession

Addressing the Russian parliament on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to ratify a treaty that would make Crimea part of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin compared Crimea's secession from Ukraine to Kosovo's secession from Serbia.

The Russian President spoke after 96.8 per cent of people who voted on Sunday in a referendum in Crimea backed calls to join the Russian Federation.

Russia 'Suspended' From G-8, Says French Foreign Minister

G-8, the group of eight leading economies has suspended Russia's participation in the club, France's Foreign Minister announced.

Die Welt's website quotes Laurent Fabius as saying on Europe-1 radio that "all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia". He also shared the news on his Twitter account.

Putin signs Crimea's admission to RF, mentions Kosovo

Putin signs Crimea's admission to RF, mentions Kosovo

MOSCOW -- Russia and Crimea have signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation, Voice of Russia has reported.

Crimea and Sevastopol are joining Russia as two separate regions, President Vladimir Putin said.