Baltic states call Crimea referendum illegitimate

Estonia considers the so-called referendum carried out on March 16 in Crimea, Ukraine, on whether to join the Russian Federation to be illegal and does not recognise its legitimacy, the Estonian foreign ministry said, reports LETA.

Conducting a referendum in such a manner is contrary to the Ukrainian constitution and is being carried out in a situation where acts of aggression have been carried out against Ukraine and Russian troops are present in the region, the ministry said.

Latvia as well says it does not recognise the legitimacy of the referendum. The referendum has been organised in clear violation of the national, namely, Ukrainian constitution and took place in the illegitimate presence of foreign – Russian – troops, the foreign ministry said.

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