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Western powers prepare UN resolution on Crimea vote

Published on Mar 13, 2014 7:44 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Western powers are considering tabling a resolution at the UN Security Council over the upcoming referendum in Crimea even though it will almost certainly be vetoed by Russia, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Crimea is to hold the controversial plebiscite on joining Russia from Ukraine on Sunday, after which the peninsula is expected to be rapidly absorbed into Russian territory.

Ukraine and allies in the West have angrily protested the vote, saying it is illegal under international law while urging Russian President Vladimir Putin not to act on the outcome.

The proposed Security Council resolution would urge respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territory, while reiterating that the referendum violates the Ukrainian constitution.

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