The NATO’s North Atlantic Council on Monday said that the referendum in Crimea is illegal.
“We consider the so-called referendum held on 16 March in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea to be both illegal and illegitimate,” said a NATO statement.
“The referendum violated the Ukrainian Constitution and international law, and Allies do not recognize its results,”it said.
The NATO urges Russia not to take any steps to take in Crimea, and expressed its support for “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
The Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine on Monday, after official results showed 96.77 percent of Crimean voters chose to join Russia in Sunday’s referendum.
The Crimea crisis began late February following the ouster of pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who suspended talks for the Association Agreement with European Union last November.