European Commission President Also Calls For Sanctions Against UkraineDiplomacy | February 19, 2014, Wednesday // 13:24| views
Jose Manuel Barroso. Photo by EPA/BGNES
The European Union is expected to urgently agree sanctions against those responsible for the violence in Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed.
Barroso repeated the EU's stance that the bloc will respond to any deterioration on the ground.
In an official declaration, he expressed his hope that member states will perceive the agreement of measures as a matter of urgency.
The EC President also called on all sides to immediately put an end to violence and engage into a meaningful dialogue.
EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs Catherin Ashton has also expressed readiness to act on the matter and has asked the European Political and Security Committee to explore all options of response to the situation, as the German Suddeutsche Zeitung reports.
The committee is constituted by all foreign ministers of the EU countries.
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