European Union governments halted trade and visa negotiations with Russia and prepared sanctions against selected Russian officials to protest the Kremlin’s assertion of control over Ukraine’s southern Crimea region.
Crimean lawmakers called a referendum to return Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula to its former Soviet-era master as the European Union halted trade and visa talks with Russia to protest the Kremlin’s moves in the region.
Russia fended off U.S. efforts at diplomacy over Ukraine and defied pleas from the West to loosen its grip on the Crimea region, as the European Union promised 1.6 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in emergency aid to help the Ukrainian government avert a default.
Russia defied pleas from the West to loosen its grip on Ukraine’s southern Crimea region, as the European Union promised 1.6 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in emergency aid to help the Ukrainian government avert a default.
French President Francois Hollande and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk spoke today and share “the highest concern” about the Russian parliament’s approval for the use of its military in Ukraine. * Tusk and Hollande spoke in a telephone conversation, French president’s office says in e-mailed statement * Hollande says the vote poses “real threats” to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty * Hollande says “everything must be to done to avoid a foreign intervention and the risks of a very dangerous escalation” * Tusk and Hollande call for a “quick and coordinated” action by the European Union at the March 3 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels.
Vladimir Putin’s efforts to regain influence in Ukraine after the leader he campaigned for was overthrown will be quiet and less extreme than anything like military action, analysts from Moscow to London said.
Ukraine’s leader agreed to an early presidential ballot and called for a national unity government to halt a deadly three-month political crisis. The opposition is seeking approval for the offer from protesters in Kiev.