Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on on the latest developments in Ukraine
EU News 35/2014
Brussels, 27 January 2014
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
"I am deeply concerned by the situation in Ukraine.
The violence needs to stop and both sides need to reduce the tensions. I am alarmed by reports that the government is planning to declare a state of emergency. This would trigger a further downward spiral for Ukraine which would benefit no-one. I also urge the leaders of the opposition to dissociate themselves from those who resort to violence.
The only solution to the crisis is a political one. What is urgently needed is a genuine dialogue to build a new consensus on the way forward. I hope that the Ukrainian parliament will set a clear path during tomorrow’s session towards a political solution. This must include revoking the package of laws passed on 16 January.
I and the EU will remain fully engaged in seeking a way out of the crisis. Following today's visit by my colleague Štefan Füle I will travel to Kyiv tomorrow evening."
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