Germany does not recognize Crimean referendum
Monday, March 17, 2014
BERLIN - The Federal Government has condemned the referendum in Crimea as illegal in the annexation to Russia on the Crimean peninsula.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Monday that Germany does not recognize the result in Crimea and that the federal government is still concerned.
Seibert said that the way the referendum was conducted contradicts the basic requirement for free and fair polls. The citizens in the Crimea did not have the option on the ballot to vote for the status quo and the referendum took place under the influence of the illegal presence of Russian troops.
Previously, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted their clear stance in a phone conversation again.
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