UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is gravely concerned about the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine and plans to speak shortly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A Ban spokesman delivered the statement Saturday afternoon as members of the Security Council met in an emergency closed-door session on the rapidly developing events in Ukraine s Crimea region.
Ban s statement calls for full respect for and preservation of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and demands immediate restoration of calm and direct dialogue between all concerned.
Russia s ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, told reporters on his way into the meeting, Busy weekend, isn t it?
British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the meeting is to determine what justification Russia claims to have for its de facto military takeover of the strategic Crimea region.