EU set to back sanctions, arms embargo on Ukraine

Merkel urged Yanukovich in a phone call on to accept an offer from the EU and other partners to support talks between the government and opposition.

EU set to back sanctions, arms embargo on Ukraine

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Union is set to back sanctions on those responsible for violence in Ukraine, as well as to impose an arms embargo on the country, according to a draft text of an EU ministerial statement obtained by Reuters.

However, EU officials cautioned that the text is subject to revisions and the final decision will be taken by EU foreign ministers due to meet in Brussels later on Thursday.

Merkel urges Ukraine president to accept int'l mediation offer

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in a phone call to accept an offer from the European Union, Germany and other partners to support talks between the Kiev government and opposition.

"Playing for time will fuel the conflict further and contains unforeseeable risks," said a statement from Merkel's spokesman, adding that the chancellor urged all sides to cease the use of violence immediately and enforce the agreed truce.

Last Mod: 20 Şubat 2014, 15:17
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