Germany slams Russian 'attempt to splinter Europe'

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Kiev, March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kravchenko/Pool

KIEV: Germany's foreign minister on Saturday denounced Russia's "attempt to splinter Europe" by staging a disputed independence referendum in Crimea that led to the Ukrainian peninsula's absorption by Russia.

"The referendum in Crimea... is a violation of international law and an attempt to splinter Europe," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Kiev after meeting Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov.





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