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Russia calls for urgent UN Security Council session on Ukraine

Published on Mar 4, 2014 12:19 AM
 

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The UN Security Council will hold its third emergency meeting on the crisis in Ukraine on Monday, this time at the request of Russia as Moscow continues to tighten its military hold on the eastern part of the former Soviet republic, diplomats said.

A diplomat from Luxembourg, president of the 15-nation council this month, said the meeting would take place at 3:30pm EST (2030 GMT). Other diplomats said the meeting was being convened at the request of Russia.

The council met on Friday and Saturday to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine but took no formal action, as expected. Both meetings highlighted the deep divisions between the United States and other Western nations and Russia, which has a major Black Sea naval base in the Crimea region.

At Friday's session, Ukraine accused Russia of illegal military incursions onto Ukrainian territory, while US and European delegations warned Moscow to withdraw any new military forces deployed in neighbouring Ukraine.

 
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