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Will Crimea join the Russian federation on 16 March referendum?

Will Crimea join the Russian federation on 16 March referendum?
 
A poster calling on Crimea residents to vote in favour of joining the Russian federation, Simferopol, 11 March, 2014 Reuters/Thomas Peter

Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseney Yatsenyuk is due to arrive in the US later today for talks with President Obama at the White House. His visit comes on the eve of a proposed referendum in Crimea which theatens to highten international tensions over Ukraine. RFI spoke to Vasily Astrov, a Ukraine specialist about the implications of the referendum, and about the difficulties Kiev has in finding its own way between Russia and the West.


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