Putin pledges not to seize any other areas of the Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty making the Ukrainian region of Crimea a part of Moscow’s domain. The annexation comes after vociferous objections from the West and Ukraine. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry today released a statement saying that it does not recognize the “so-called agreement on Crimea joining the Russian Federation.”

Putin, for his part, pledged today that Russia wouldn’t seek to further divide Ukraine. That conciliatory gesture, however, didn’t stop Moldova from fretting over Moscow’s latest moves – and telling Russia to bug off. Reuters has collected a selection of excerpts from Putin’s address to both houses of parliament today…