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Opportunism overtook common sense in EU decisions on Ukraine - Russia

Published time: March 07, 2014 12:58
Edited time: March 07, 2014 13:47
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and EU President Herman Van Rompuy adress the media at the EU Council building in Brussels, on March 6, 2014, following an emergency summit on the crisis in Ukraine. (AFP Photo)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and EU President Herman Van Rompuy adress the media at the EU Council building in Brussels, on March 6, 2014, following an emergency summit on the crisis in Ukraine. (AFP Photo)

Russia is accusing the EU of taking an "extremely unconstructive position" by freezing talks on easing visa barriers over the Ukraine crisis.

“Opportunism overtook the common sense that dictates at least to listen in to the position of the EU’s strategic partner, Russia,” the statement on Russia’s Foreign Ministry website said.

“Russia doesn’t accept the language of sanctions and threats, but if they are carried out in practice, they won’t remain without response,” the statement added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement follows the emergency EU summit on Thursday.

The EU voted to suspend visa-liberalization discussions with Russia, and talks on a new economic co-operation package. However, European leaders stopped short of imposing asset freezes or travel bans on specific individuals.

The EU said it would also decide on “additional measures, such as travel bans, asset freezes and the cancellation of the EU-Russia summit,” if talks between Russia and Ukraine don't start.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday said sanctions against Russia would “harm the possibilities to reach a diplomatic settlement” to the Ukrainian crisis, Itar-Tass quotes.

The top German diplomat said that while the recent developments “cannot be ignored,” Brussels should leave the doors open for negotiations.

“We have not reached any breakthrough, but I believe it would be irresponsible to give up on international efforts,” Steinmeier stressed.

Comments (45)

 

Robert Mould 08.03.2014 09:45

I love to see EU so call leader go on election!
Once elected you can speak! As unelected you are nothing!! Just a Paid puppet!!!
Wake up!!

 

Fred 08.03.2014 09:35

Immediately, Ukraine is being looted by the swej who were installed to run the country. Pensions were cut in half......."Bec ause of the new austerity measures" imposed. That money was just stolen is what that means! The rest of Ukraine resources are also being looted (immediately) as we speak, gold, minerals etc...As fast as it can be taken. Everything goes! Thats what happens when bolsheviks invade.

 

Uncle Bob 08.03.2014 05:41

Baz 07.03.2014 13:21

close down Ukrainian TV stations

  


Ru ssia see's that all the news coming from these "reporters" ; serving western interests is biased against Russia.Letting them in to report lies just hurts Russia.They should keep them out.Watch their stories,why let Russia haters in to lie about you.

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