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Crimea vote fully legal, Putin tells Obama

Published on Mar 17, 2014 5:48 AM
 
The telephone conversation between Mr Putin (above) and Mr Obama, which the Kremlin said was held at the initiative of the American side, came amid soaring US-Russia tensions as initial results showed Crimea had voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told US President Barack Obama on Sunday, March 16, 2014, the referendum on Crimea joining Russia was fully legal, but the two leaders also agreed to work together to find ways out of the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin said.

The telephone conversation between Mr Putin and Mr Obama, which the Kremlin said was held at the initiative of the American side, came amid soaring US-Russia tensions as initial results showed Crimea had voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

"(Putin) emphasised that it was fully in line with the norms of international law and the UN charter," the Kremlin said.

It added that the referendum took into account "the well-known precedent of Kosovo" which has been recognised by more than 100 countries, including the United States and all but five EU members since declaring independence from Serbia in 2008.

 
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