Will Crimea join the Russian federation on 16 March referendum?
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Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseney Yatsenyuk is due to arrive in the US later today for talks with President Obama at the White House. His visit comes on the eve of a proposed referendum in Crimea which theatens to highten international tensions over Ukraine. RFI spoke to Vasily Astrov, a Ukraine specialist about the implications of the referendum, and about the difficulties Kiev has in finding its own way between Russia and the West.