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European leaders call for de-escalation of situation in Ukraine's Crimea

Published on Mar 1, 2014 8:37 PM

BERLIN (REUTERS, AFP) - Germany, France and Britain expressed alarm over mounting tensions in Ukraine's Crimea and called on Russia to de-escalate the situation, following reports that Moscow could have sent 6,000 troops to the region.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Saturday that developments in Ukraine over the past few hours were dangerous and urged Russia to explain its intentions regarding its troops in the Crimea region.

"The situation in Crimea in particular has become considerably more acute. Whoever pours more oil onto the flames now, with words or actions, is consciously aiming for further escalation of the situation," he said.

"Everything Russia does in Crimea must be in keeping with the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and treaties on Russia's Black Sea fleet," he said.

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