European Commission not to slap sanctions on Ukraine
7 February 2014, 16:46
The European Union's position on Ukraine is unchanged - no sanctions against the country or individual Ukrainian officials are up for discussion at the upcoming EU ministerial session, scheduled for February 10, according to the official spokeswoman for the European Commission Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen.
'We discussed it yesterday and our position has not changed,' she told reporters.
On February 6, Hansen and Maja Kocijancic, the press secretary of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said at a briefing that the situation in Ukraine had been put on the agenda of the EU Council's meeting but that no sanctions against Ukraine or its individual officials were being considered, defying calls for sanctions from radically-minded European MPs at the current plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
'The EU strategy towards Ukraine will be based on the principles of integration and not on sanctions,' they said.
EU foreign ministers to discuss Monday sanctions against Ukraine – diplomat
EU foreign ministers will have a meeting in Brussels on Monday during which they will discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions against Ukraine in connection with the events unfolding in the country, a European Union diplomat has informed journalists earlier.
'This is one of the issues included on the agenda. Some EU member countries want to discuss it. Other ministers didn't rule out the possibility either. Other subjects are also to be broached,' the diplomat said, answering a query whether sanctions against Ukraine will be discussed.
Ukraine opposition leaders meet with top US diplomat Nuland
Ukraine's opposition leaders, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vitali Klitschko and Oleh Tyahnybok, met with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Kyiv on Thursday evening.
The sides discussed the results of Nuland's visit to Ukraine, the press service of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction said.
On the same day, the opposition leaders held a telephone conversation with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk concerning the results of his recent European tour and the Ukrainian opposition leaders' participation in last week's Munich Security Conference.
Ukraine disappointed at several European Parliament assessments
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry views some assessments made in a resolution approved by the European Parliament on Thursday as biased and partial and stresses that an unbalanced character of the resolution doesn't further nationwide reconciliation in the country.
The Foreign Ministry statement says that Kiev has taken into account the resolution on the situation in Ukraine passed by the European Parliament.
'We're disappointed at prejudice with which the European Parliament assessed the Ukrainian government's actions and at the fact that it ignored the vast majority of constructive efforts made by the Ukrainian leadership in relation to the implementation of plans for building trust and engaging into a peaceful and inclusive dialogue with both the opposition and the civilian population. An unbalanced nature of the resolution and calls for introducing EU restrictions don't contribute to nationwide reconciliation and trust in Ukraine and undermine the process of settling the conflict,' the Foreign Ministry statement reads.
During a plenary meeting, European MPs approved a resolution in which they call for imposing sanctions against Ukrainian officials and businessmen and speak in favor of setting up their permanent mission in Ukraine and of the necessity for providing the country with financial aid as it happened to be in a difficult political and economical situation.
Voice of Russia, RIA, Interfax
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