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Published: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 8:10:02 PM
Updated: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 8:10:02 PM

EU calls for political solution in Crimea, urges restraint

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called on Friday for a political solution to tensions in the Ukrainian region of Crimea and urged all sides to show restraint.

"The situation in Crimea will require a political solution and this can only be achieved via dialogue amongst the different parties involved," a Commission spokesman said.

"We want all relevant actors, all parties to be as moderate and restrained as possible ... and to respect the integrity and unity of Ukraine," he said.

(This story has been refiled to remove an extraneous word in headline)

(Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; editing by Adrian Croft/Mark Heinrich)

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