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Ukraine crisis: Obama condemns Crimea referendum

6 March 2014 Last updated at 18:47 GMT

US President Barack Obama has joined Ukraine's government in condemning a move by the Crimea region to set up a referendum to join Russia.

An EU meeting in Brussels threatened "serious consequences" if Russia did not act to de-escalate the crisis.

Mr Obama said "the proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law".