OSCE chairman says Crimea referendum 'illegal'

A Russian soldier stands on the Russian Black Sea Fleet Small Antisubmarine Ship (ASW) "Muromets" in the port of Sevastopol on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

GENEVA: The referendum to be held in the Crimean peninsula on joining Russia violates Ukraine's constitution, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's chairman said Tuesday.

"In its current form the referendum regarding Crimea scheduled for March 16, 2014, is in contradiction with the Ukrainian constitution and must be considered illegal," OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter was quoted as saying in a statement.





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