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Taiwan closely monitoring developments in Crimea after referendum
Central News Agency
2014-03-17 09:30 PM
Taipei, March 17 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday that it is closely monitoring developments on the Crimean peninsula, after Crimeans voted in a referendum a day earlier to break with Ukraine and join Russia. The MOFA "will continue to keep close tabs on developments as they arise," ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao said, without elaborating further on Taiwan's stance on the referendum results. Crimea has formally applied to join Russia after its leaders declared a 97-percent vote in favor of quitting Ukraine in the referendum, which has been condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West and a move that will trigger immediate sanctions. The European Union is mulling measures such as visa bans and asset freezes for Russian and Crimean officials, according to foreign reports. The White House has issued a statement saying that the United States rejects the referendum. "This referendum is contrary to Ukraine's constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law," the statement read. Other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan have also said they do not recognize the results of the referendum, according to foreign reports. (By Elaine Hou)
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