" I urged Russia to back off and not improve the situation in eastern Ukraine , " Rasmussen said at a seminar in Paris , France as reported by AFP on Tuesday ( 08/04/2014 ) .
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" If the Russians intervene further in the Ukraine , it would be a historic mistake . Was going to have serious consequences for our relations with Russia and will make Russia more isolated internationally , " he added .
In the speech , Rasmussen specifically called for Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine .
" Every step farther into the eastern Ukraine will reflect a serious escalation , rather than a decrease in the escalation of what we all want , " he said .
" We asked the Russians to withdraw tens of thousands of troops were placed on the border of Ukraine , engage in a genuine dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities and to respect its international commitments , " said Rasmussen .
It is delivered Rasmussen after pro - Russian activists occupied government buildings in the city of Kharkiv , Lugansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine . They also announced the declaration of independence of Ukraine and vowed to hold a referendum to join Russia .
This situation recalls a similar situation last month in Crimea , Ukraine which has broken away from the government and joined the Moscow Kiev .