Daily Archives: March 18, 2014

James Blitz

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, declared on Tuesday that the referendum on independence in Crimea was conducted in strict accordance with democratic principles and international law.

In particular, he cited Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 as an example of self-determination that has been praised by the west – and which provided a legitimate template for Russia’s action in Crimea.

But how justified are these arguments? Read more

John Aglionby

Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing both chambers of the Russian parliament on his plans for Crimea. On Tuesday morning he directed legislators and the government to move forward on a treaty to incorporate the Ukrainian peninsula into Russia.

By John Aglionby in London, Kathrin Hille in Moscow and FT correspondents around the world