Monday, March 31, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Visits Crimea

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) meets with Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov in Simferopol, March 31, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Alexander Astafyev/Pool

Russian Prime Minister Flaunts Grip On Crimea With Visit -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea on Monday by flying to the region and announcing plans to turn it into a special economic zone, defying Western demands to hand the region back to Ukraine.

The visit, hours after Russia held talks on Ukraine with the United States, is likely to anger Kiev and the West, which accuse president Vladimir Putin of illegally seizing the Black Sea peninsula after a March 16 referendum they say was a sham.

Shortly after landing in Crimea's main city of Simferopol with many members of his cabinet, Medvedev chaired a Russian government meeting attended by Crimean leaders and outlined moves to revive the region's struggling economy.

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