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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Off-the-Cuff

Secretary-General's remarks after speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin

New York, 1 March 2014

I have just spoken directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone.
I told him that I am closely following the serious and rapidly unfolding developments in Ukraine.
I am gravely concerned by some of the recent events in particular those that could in any way compromise the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
It is crucial to restore calm and proceed to an immediate de-escalation of the situation.
Cool heads must prevail and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis.
I appealed to President Putin to urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in Kiev.