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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.
The U.S. wants to send an international mission to Crimea
The Russian intervention in the Crimea has no legal basis and should be stopped.
This was stated by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Security Council Samantha Power in his speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council with the Ukrainian issue on Saturday night, reports "Interfax-Ukraine" .
"It is time to put an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine", - said envoy.
Power said that Russia should immediately get in touch with the Government of Ukraine.
In addition, the U.S. side promises that international observers from the UN and the OSCE in Ukraine and Russia offers to actively participate in both structures.
"In Ukraine, should be immediately reported to international observers, including the UN and the OSCE," - said the U.S. ambassador.
"Immediate dissemination of international observers to the Crimea reduce tension ... We are working to prepare an international mediation mission in the Crimea, to promote dialogue," - added Power.
In turn, the British side expressed its "deep concern about the increasing tension and the fact that Russia's parliament has authorized military action on the territory of Ukraine."
"We condemn all acts of aggression against Ukraine", - said the British Ambassador to the UN Security Grant abused.
"The UK supports the current government of Ukraine, assures commitment to the territorial integrity and supports the request for urgent consultations under the Budapest Agreement between the U.S., Britain, Russia and Ukraine. We see no reason why can not be carried out following consultation" - he said during speech.
In turn, the representative of France, speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, said that "today we can not ask Ukraine to choose between East and West - before it led to two wars on the continent."
"Approving the invasion - a threat to the integrity of Ukraine and peace in the country", - said the Ambassador of France to the UN Security Gerard Aro, noting that the French side will try to find a political solution to the situation.
He called on the Ukrainian authorities "to take all measures for the smooth coexistence of all communities while respecting the concerns of Russia."
The Federation Council on March 1 unanimously passed a resolution in which the President of the Russian Federation has agreed to the use of armed forces on the territory of Ukraine to the normalization of the socio-political situation in the country.
As Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, the decision shall take effect upon its adoption.