Asean urges maximum restraint, de-escalation of Russia-Ukraine tensions

Asean urges maximum restraint, de-escalation of Russia-Ukraine tensions

Russian Army military vehicles drive along a street, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in the town of Armyansk, Crimea, on Thursday. (Reuters photo)
Russian Army military vehicles drive along a street, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in the town of Armyansk, Crimea, on Thursday. (Reuters photo)

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have expressed grave concern over the escalating tension along the border of Ukraine with Russia.

Asean urged maximum restraint and dialogue, according to a draft statement being prepared by the 10-member regional bloc on Thursday.

"We call on all parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint, to pursue dialogue through all channels, including diplomatic means to contain the situation, to prevent it from further escalation and to see peaceful resolution in accordance with international law and the United Nations Charter," said the draft statement of Asean chair Cambodia, seen by Reuters.

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