MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that it is impossible to resolve the Ukrainian crisis militarily, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.
“I know the European Union, the Americans and most of the Western countries are discussing very seriously among themselves how to handle this matter. What is important at this time is that they should know there is no military solution in this. There should be a political dialogue for a political solution, that is the more sustainable way,” Ban told the press during a visit to New Zealand.
The UN chief expressed great concern about the deterioration of the crisis in Ukraine, “That has been developing into a very chaotic and dangerous situation," he was quoted as saying by AFP.
“It has regional and even global implications. That is why I have been reaching out to Ukrainian and Russian authorities, the highest authorities, to address this issue and sit down together and resolve it peacefully through dialogue,” Ban added, AFP reported.
The warning by the UN secretary-general followed Monday’s statements by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen concerning the establishment of the bloc’s new bases at its eastern borders not far from to Russia.
Earlier, NATO increased its military presence in the region, justifying it with the deterioration of Ukrainian crisis. Particularly, the bloc strengthened its air patrols over the Baltic nations and increased its number of war ships in the Black Sea to a record of nine.
Moscow has repeatedly expressed its concern about NATO's increased military activities in Eastern Europe.