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China's Xi urges political solution to Ukraine crisis

Published on Mar 10, 2014 12:21 PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the opening session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING/BERLIN (REUTERS) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine and for all parties to exercise calm and restraint, during separate telephone calls with US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The situation in Ukraine is extremely complex, and what is most urgent is for all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid an escalation in tensions," China's foreign ministry on Monday cited Xi as telling Obama.

"Political and diplomatic routes must be used to resolve the crisis," Xi added.

China has an "open attitude" towards any suggestions or proposals which can ameliorate the situation, and is willing to remain in touch with all parties including the United States, he said.

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