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"Frightening and dangerous": Taoiseach hopeful Ukraine crisis can be solved through diplomacy

The EU has condemned Russia’s “acts of aggression” in the region and called on Moscow to recall its troops from their deployment across Crimea.

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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has described the developing situation in Ukriane as “frightening and dangerous”.

His comments follow the EU’s condemnation of Russia’s “acts of aggression” in the region. US Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Kiev today, as the Ukrainian interim government says there are now 16,000 Russian troops deployed across Crimea.

Speaking on his way into Government Buildings, the Taoiseach said Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore would this morning brief Cabinet on yesterday’s emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Gilmore is due to meet with the Russian Ambassador to Ireland later today to express the country’s condemnation of the military action in Crimea.

“As you know there’s an emergency meeting called of the European leaders on Thursday,” Kenny said.

“Hopefully this matter can be resolved by diplomacy, by negotiation, so that people don’t get into a position where the economies of Europe and beyond are destroyed.”

Speaking after yesterday’s Brussels meeting, Gilmore described the developing situation as “the worst crisis which Europe has faced since the end of the Cold War”.

Read: Putin calls end to ‘military exercises’ as Kerry heads to Kiev

Read: Ousted Ukrainian president asked Russia to deploy troops, security council hears

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