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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, as Ukraine's prime minister vowed not to relinquish "a single centimeter" of his country's territory. Over the weekend, the Kremlin beefed up its military presence in Crimea, a part of Ukraine since 1954, as pro-Russia forces kept pushing for a vote in favor of reunification with Moscow in a referendum the local parliament has scheduled for next Sunday. President Barack Obama has warned that the March 16 vote would violate international law. But in Moscow, Putin made it clear that he supports the referendum in phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Minister David Cameron.
|Putin Defends Separatist Drive In Crimea As Legal|
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