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Putin To Visit Crimea August 13-14

Russia's President Vladimir Putin will travel this week to Crimea, where he will meet with his top security chiefs and address members of government and parliament traveling with him.

The presidential press service said Putin will chair a meeting of members of the Security Council in Sevastopol on August 13.

On August 14, he will discuss key domestic issues, "including those in Crimea," with State Duma lawmakers and federal ministers.

The United States and the European Union have imposed a raft of sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in March, as well as its perceived support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin will be among officials accompanying Putin on his visit to Crimea.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ITAR-TASS