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Crimea a sovereign state: Russia

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Russia: Lavrov slams 'Western interference in Ukraine, other sovereign states'

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Russian President Putin declares Crimea's independence

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Russian President Putin declares Crimea's independence

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Russia condemns Israeli strike on Syria as attack on sovereign state

Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a country in Eurasia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people as of December 2017, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. Russia's capital, Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world; other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.