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ASTANA, March 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called for a meeting between the leaders of the Customs Union [comprising Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus] over the situation in Ukraine.
"I have brought forward a proposal to hold a meeting in the next few days, for thorough exchange of opinions and discussion of measures to prevent dangerous trends in the current situation," Nazarbayev's press service quoted him as saying after his meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov on Tuesday.
The Kazakh leader underlined that the situation developing in Ukraine had direct impact on relations between countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and indirectly affected the Customs Union members.
On Monday, the Kremlin press service reported telephone conversations between Russian President Valdimir Putin with Nazarbayev and Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko.
"The parties discussed the developing crisis in Ukraine which creates real danger to the life and legitimate interests of the Russian-speaking population, in the first place in Crimea and eastern regions of that country," the report said. "The aggravation of the socio-political situation causes concerns of the member-states of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, including from the point of view of economic and humanitarian consequences."
The heads of states agreed to maintain close contacts, the Kremlin press service added.