U.N. Security Council to hold third meeting on Ukraine

Monday, March 03, 2014

Members of U.N. Security Council are called on to hold a meeting upon the request of Russia.

Members of U.N. Security Council are called on to hold a meeting upon the request of Russia.

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council will hold its third meeting on Ukraine’s crisis on Monday, at the request of Russia.

The meeting will take place at 15.30 EST (22:30 Turkey local time).

The U.N. Security Council held emergency meetings on Saturday and Sunday where they agreed that it was important for all political actors to exercise maximum restraint and pursue inclusive dialogue.

The situation in Ukraine`s autonomous Crimea escalated on Saturday after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian Parliament for authorization to intervene in the Crimean peninsula. Parliament issued the authorization in a matter of hours.

Russia’s Parliamentary approval follows the capture of main airports and seaways in Crimea by armed men, believed to be members of the Russian navy fleet based in the peninsula.

Meanwhile, Russia`s foreign ministry issued a statement on Monday to say that US Secretary of State John Kerry`s threats to Russia were unacceptable.

"Without taking the trouble to sort things out in the complicated processes unfolding in Ukrainian society, and objectively assessing the situation which continues to deteriorate following the usurpation of power in Kiev by the radical extremists, the US Secretary of State is using Cold War rhetoric and proposes punishing the Russian Federation, not those who were plotting the state coup," the statement said.

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