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    Crimea Votes to Join Russia

    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington March 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR3G4Q4

    Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    On Thursday, the Crimean Parliament voted to become part of Russia, and scheduled a popular vote for 10 days from now. Meanwhile, President Obama called such vote a violation of Ukraine's constitution and international law. The president, who spent an hour on the phone with President Putin, said he encouraged him to use diplomatic channels to solve this crisis. In a press conference, Obama stressed that the international community is unified in its opposition to actions by Russia in Crimea, pointing to sanctions announced Thursday morning by the State Department.

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