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Published: Thursday February 27, 2014 MYT 7:35:02 PM
Updated: Thursday February 27, 2014 MYT 7:36:23 PM

NATO calls Crimea developments "dangerous and irresponsible"

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen holds a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen holds a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday that an armed group's seizure of regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea was "dangerous and irresponsible."

"I am extremely concerned about the most recent developments in Crimea. This morning's action by an armed group is dangerous and irresponsible," Rasmussen told a NATO meeting also attended Ukraine's acting defence minister.

"I urge Russia not to take any action that could escalate tension or create misunderstanding."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, editing by Adrian Croft)

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