UN chief calls for real dialogue between Russia and Ukraine on Crimea crisis

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov of Ukraine at a press encounter in the capital Kyiv. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has stressed that the current crisis between Russia Ukraine over Crimea can only be resolved through peaceful diplomatic solutions.

Ban Ki-moon spoke in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv where he met with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.

Mr. Ban is in Ukraine as part of his efforts to help resolve the crisis in the wake of the annexation of Crimea by Russia which has been largely condemned by the international community.

He told reporters on Friday that he was very seriously concerned about the tense situation within parts of Ukraine and between Ukraine and Russia.

"This current crisis can only be resolved through peaceful diplomatic solutions based on the principles of the United Nations Charter, including respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and a determined statesmanlike pursuit of peace and security. There has to be a real dialogue between Kyiv and Moscow." (28")

Before going to Ukraine, the Secretary-General was in Moscow where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations

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