UN chief cautions against action that can exacerbate crisis over Crimea

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Ukraine and Russia have been urged by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to avoid any action that might aggravate an already volatile situation.

He made the appeal after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday.

The Secretary-General's visit to Russia came after the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea held a referendum on Sunday and decided to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

Mr Ban told reporters that he had "a very productive and constructive" meeting with President Putin.

"During our meeting, I have emphasized that all parties refrain from any hasty or provocative actions that could further exacerbate an already very tense and very volatile situation. Inflammatory rhetoric can lead to further tensions and possible miscalculations, as well as dangerous counter-reactions.”

Mr. Ban said "intimidation by radical elements" had to be prevented at all costs" adding that he "was profoundly concerned by the recent incident where Ukrainian military bases were taken over."

On Friday, the Secretary-General is scheduled to proceed to Ukraine to meet with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and other Ukrainian government officials.

Stephanie Coutrix , United Nations.

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