Agence France-PresseMarch 14, 2014 09:33
Germany said Friday that the result of a looming referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which the West fears will lead to its annexation by Russia, will be "irrelevant".
A foreign ministry spokesman also said the plebiscite "can be interpreted as a speeding up of the escalation of the situation".
"The result is irrelevant," he told reporters, two days before the vote in the Russian-speaking region.
He pointed to the short timescale in the organisation of the vote and the limitations posed by the two questions being asked inhabitants.