Berlin not excluding EU sanctions on Ukraine figures

18th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

The European Union could impose sanctions targeting Ukrainian individuals as a result of the violence wracking Kiev, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned Tuesday.

"Whoever is responsible for the decisions which have lead to the bloodshed in Kiev and other parts of Ukraine should expect Europe to reconsider its position on imposing sanctions on individuals," Steinmeier said in a statement.

During a visit to Berlin Monday leading Ukrainian opposition figures Vitali Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk had asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for financial aid, and also called for sanctions to be imposed on Ukraine's political leaders.

Steinmeier called on all parties in Kiev "to distance themselves from any provocation in this overheated situation".

"An escalation of violence is the last thing the country needs," he added.

He also warned that Ukrainian security forces had a "special responsibility to de-escalate" the crisis.

Ukrainian riot police approached Kiev's main opposition camp on Tuesday after at least seven people were killed in the bloodiest day of clashes in nearly three months of protests.

© 2014 AFP

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