A United Nations envoy has been chased out of Crimea after being confronted by an angry crowd waving Russian flags.
According to Reuters, Dutch diplomat Robert Serry was stopped by armed men close to the headquarters of a foreign observer mission. He took refuge in a café but was besieged by a crowd chanting "Russia Russia".
Journalists at the scene said Serry was escorted from the café through a crowd of demonstrators, having agreed to leave the region.
ITV’s James Mates witnessed the incident, tweeting:
— James Mates (@jamesmatesitv) March 5, 2014
Crowd chant Russia Russia as UN envoy leaves coffee shop and scrambles into waiting car#Crimea— James Mates (@jamesmatesitv) March 5, 2014
Robert Serry has now agreed to go straight to the airport and end his mission in #Crimea— James Mates (@jamesmatesitv) March 5, 2014
On Wednesday afternoon, NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the alliance was suspending meetings with Russia, and putting the "entire co-operation under review".
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