Three EU envoys staying on in Kiev: diplomats

20th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

The EU's three envoys to Ukraine -- the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland -- stayed on in Kiev on Thursday as their counterparts gathered for crisis talks on Ukraine in Brussels.

Diplomats told AFP that the three ministers, whose report on events in Kiev was keenly awaited by their 25 colleagues, would communicate by phone or video link.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who convened the bloc's top diplomats for the crisis meeting, said she had spoken to the three ministers and would brief their colleagues in Brussels.

France's Laurent Fabius, German Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski had met with President Viktor Yanukovych and were going on to the European Commission office in Kiev, Polish foreign ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski said in a Tweet.

Fabius said in a Tweet that "after five hours of talks with Viktor Yanokovych we are again going to meet the three leaders of the opposition."

Sikorski said in his Tweet that the talks at the EU office with the opposition were "so as to test proposed agreement."


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