Obama says referendum in Crimea will violate international law

US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski) After authorizing sanctions against Russia early Thursday, United States President Barack Obama said during a surprise White House press conference that a referendum being considered in Crimea would violate international law if approved. “The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law,” Obama said that same afternoon from Washington, DC. The Autonomous Republic of

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