March 17 - Ukrainian presidential hopeful Vitaly Klitschko rejects the Crimean bid to join Russia, urging Western countries to abide by the Budapest Memorandum . Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko shows his support for Ukrainian border guards Sunday after a referendum is held in Crimea, in which voters overwhelmingly chose to join Russia.
At a news conference on Monday, Klitschko dismissed the referendum.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UKRAINIAN POLITICAL PARTY LEADER AND PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"We don't recognize the referendum. Crimea is an integral part of the territory of Ukraine."
He's calling on Western countries to live up to their commitments.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN POLITICAL PARTY LEADER AND PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"The United States of America, England, France, China and Russia have guaranteed our independence and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. We hope that the compliance of this agreement, of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, will be fulfilled. If it is not, it could give an excuse to other countries where nuclear weapons are being developed, and they will see nuclear weapons as the only one way to remain independent."
The US and the EU slapped sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea.
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