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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


    * Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Crimea signed a treaty reunifying the Ukrainian breakaway region with Russia after 60 years as part of Ukraine

    * Paris will consider canceling a 1.2-billion-euro deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian navy if Moscow provokes further escalation in Ukraine, the French foreign minister has said

    * Kiev recalled its ambassador to Moscow for consultations on Crimea, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said

    * One pro-Russian militiaman was killed and two other wounded in a sniper attack on the streets of the Crimean capital, Simferopol, local media reported



    * Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country was open to further cooperation with NATO, but remained opposed to the organization’s presence in historic Russian territories

    * Up to 20 warships and auxiliary vessels of the Ukrainian navy could become part of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet following the reunification of Crimea with Russia, a senior Russian lawmaker said

    * The Russian Parliament voted to appoint Ella Pamfilova to the post of Human Rights Ombudsman

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