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Kremlin press service reporting that Vladimir Putin discussed Crimea with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and told her the vote in Crimea is in keeping with international law, citing Article 1 of the UN Charter. 

The Russian president also expressed his concerns about "radical groups" operating in eastern and southeastern Ukraine in cooperation with the Kyiv authorities.

For the record, here is Article 1 of the UN Charter:

Article 1
The Purposes of the United Nations are:

To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;

To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and

To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

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