Crimea referendum completely illegitimate -U.S. State Department

by Reuters
Thursday, 6 March 2014 18:13 GMT

(Refiles to fix spelling of secede in second paragraph)

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - A planned referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region on whether to join Russia is completely illegitimate and violates the Ukrainian constitution, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"To be clear, the premise that Crimea could hold a local referendum or vote in their local parliament to secede from Ukraine and join Russia is completely illegitimate under Ukraine's constitution," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Bill Trott)

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