Ukraine wants negotiations with Russia, not military aggression

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The Prime Minister of Ukraine has said it is still possible to resolve the conflict in his country in a peaceful manner.

Russia deployed troops in the disputed region of Crimea after its Parliament voted to join the Russian Federation.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the Security Council on Thursday that if Ukraine could have what he called "real talks" with its neighbour Russia, they could be partners.

He said that Russia had violated a number of bilateral and multilateral treaties signed between the two countries.

"My country has faced a military aggression of a neighbouring country which is a P5 member. This aggression has no reasons and no grounds. This is entirely unacceptable in the 21st Century to resolve any conflict with tanks, artillery and boots on the ground."

Ukraine's Prime Minister urged Russia to "pull back its military forces" and start negotiations.

During his appeal, he also recalled the circumstances under which Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for assurances it would retain its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.

Mr. Yatsenyuk warned that Russia's military intervention in Crimea could undermine global security and nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

After Russia's actions in Ukraine, he said, it would be difficult in the future to convince countries to give up their nuclear arsenal.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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