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European powers seek diplomatic solution to Crimea crisis

The crisis in Ukraine took a Cold War tone on Monday. Russian forces were completing their seizure of the Russian-speaking Crimean peninsula, where Moscow maintains an important naval base. In Belgium, the European Union scrambled an emergency meeting to find a diplomatic solution. EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON, SAYING: "We absolutely need to see a de-escalation of the situation." Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER FRANS TIMMERMANS, SAYING: "The whole of Europe, both the European Union and other European countries, including Russia, would suffer tremendously if this would lead to a new confrontation on the European continent. We've left the Cold War behind us, it would be very unwise to try and rekindle it." Russia says it's securing its interests and its citizens in the restive Crimea. In Geneva on Mon

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