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Russians reject Western sanctions as illegitimate and ineffective
Russians reject Western sanctions as illegitimate and ineffective

MOSCOW — Russian officials on Thursday declared U.S. and European sanctions imposed following Moscow’s takeover of Crimea as illegitimate, ineffective and ”not based on international law.” Even as President Obama announced a new list of sanctions Thursday against Russian officials and elite, the lower house of Russia’s parliament as expected ratified the Kremlin’s treaty allowing the annexation of the Ukrainian region. The measure awaits approval from the upper house, which is also widely seen as a foregone conclusion. Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded to the latest sanctions by barring nine American officials from entering Russia. The...

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