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West warns Russia ahead of 'illegal' east Ukraine referendums

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France and Germany Saturday warned Russia of "consequences" if Moscow disrupts Ukrainian presidential elections later this month, stepping up diplomatic pressure on the eve of "illegal" referendums the West fears will split the country apart. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande give a press statement at the city hall of the Baltic sea town of Stralsund on May 10, 2014

In a joint statement, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also urged Ukraine's security forces to stop their offensive on rebel-held positions in the run-up to the planned May 25 presidential part.

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