Monday 22 December 2014

Merkel: Ukraine sanctions a start but not enough

Published 19/02/2014 | 15:05

Anti-government protesters carry a roundwood as they gather in Independence Square in central Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukraine's interim prime minister said on Wednesday that protests which brought violent clashes with police on Tuesday amounted to an attempted coup. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Anti-government protesters carry a roundwood as they gather in Independence Square in central Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukraine's interim prime minister said on Wednesday that protests which brought violent clashes with police on Tuesday amounted to an attempted coup. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An anti-government protester looks on as smoke from a fire rises above Independence Square in central Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukraine's interim prime minister said on Wednesday that protests which brought violent clashes with police on Tuesday amounted to an attempted coup. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Anti-government protesters take cover behind shields as they gather in Independence Square in central Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukraine's interim prime minister said on Wednesday that protests which brought violent clashes with police on Tuesday amounted to an attempted coup. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Protesters battle police in intense clashes in Ukraine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Anti-government protesters gather near a fire during clashes with Interior Ministry members and riot police in central Kiev February 18, 2014. Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Picture taken February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maks Levin
Violence flares up in Ukraine
A general view shows clashes at Independence Square in Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying the central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Anti-government protesters gather behind a barricade during clashes with Interior Ministry members and riot police in central Kiev February 18, 2014. Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Picture taken February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maks Levin
Anti-government protesters take cover behind shields during clashes with Interior Ministry members and riot police in central Kiev February 18, 2014. Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Picture taken February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maks Levin
A general view shows clashes at Independence Square in Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying the central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan,

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday the imminent threat of sanctions against the Ukrainian government was meant to show Kiev that the European Union is serious about the need for a return to political dialogue.

"When (EU) foreign ministers meet tomorrow in Brussels they must talk about which specific sanctions should be imposed to show we are serious that the political process must resume...," she told a news conference with French leader Francois Hollande.

"But sanctions alone are not enough," said Merkel, adding that it was necessary to talk to both the opposition and Viktor Yanukovich's government to help bring peace to Ukraine.

Reuters

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