Strasbourg, 1 March 2014 - Responding to the news that the Russian Senate has approved the deployment of troops in Crimea, Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland warned against escalation in the region: "This is a very worrying development. I call on all parties to de-escalate the situation. Tensions in the area are already very high. Ukraine's territorial integrity must be respected and international commitments upheld", he said.
The Committee of Ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg on the situation in Ukraine, Monday 3 March at 3 p.m. Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland will attend.