Pics: Chinese president, UN chief discuss Ukraine issue

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Noordwijk (The Netherlands), March 24: Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed developments related to Ukraine on Sunday.

The two leaders are in the Netherlands to attend the third Nuclear Security Summit to be held in The Hague Monday and Tuesday.

The UN chief briefed Xi on UN's latest efforts on the crisis. Xi noted that the spillover effects of the Ukraine crisis have been very obvious recently and are relevant to the interests and concerns of all parties involved, Xinhua reported.

The Chinese president said the crisis should be solved in a balanced manner.

The Chinese president said the crisis should be solved in a balanced manner.

The Chinese side has raised a three-point proposal, hoping all the parties involved will seek maximum common ground and avoid going to extremes again, Xi said, adding that the most urgent issue at present is to find a solution to the crisis.

Xi praised the UN chief's mediation efforts over the issue and voiced his support for the UN's important role in pushing for a political solution to the crisis.

In Kiev

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, shakes hands with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 22, 2014.

In Brussels

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, second right, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, right, hand each other their books during a signing ceremony at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 21, 2014.

In United Nations

U.N. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, left, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, second from right, acknowledge each other as they arrive for a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Ukraine, Wednesday March 19, 2014, at United Nations Headquarters.

In Moscow

Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federation Council in Moscow's Kremlin on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

In Simferopol

Local people wave Russian and Crimean flags in Simferopol, Ukraine, on Monday, March 17, 2014.

In Washington

President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president imposed sanctions against Russian officials, including advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.

In Brussels

ritish Foreign Secretary William Hague, left, talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, and Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, during the EU foreign ministers council at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 17, 2014.

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