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Putin ratifies treaties with breakaway Ukrainian regions – Metro US

Putin ratifies treaties with breakaway Ukrainian regions

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified friendship treaties with two Moscow-backed Ukrainian breakaway republics on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.

Russia has said the step allows it to build military bases there, deploy troops, agree a joint defence posture and tighten economic integration. The move comes amid a crisis over a huge Russian military buildup near Ukraine that has fuelled fears of an invasion, which Moscow denies planning.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Peter Graff)

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