NATO Chief condemns referendum in Crimea

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday he continues to monitor developments in Ukraine with “great concern” and noted that “the so-called referendum” in Crimea scheduled on March 16 would be “a direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine and international law.

“If found, it would not have any legal effect or political legitimacy,” he said in a statement.

“The Russian Federation must act responsibly, respect its obligations under international law and the principles of the NATO-Russia Council and the Partnership for Peace. Dialogue and negotiations should have a chance to succeed in achieving de-escalation of the situation and a political solution, “said Rasmussen.

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