Ukraine developments in focus of Int. society
Few hours remain until the visit of Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, to Ukraine. Prior to her arrival, she made a statement expressing her concern about the dispersal of peaceful protestors in Kiev last night.
`I follow with concern the reports that police forces forcibly entered the office of the biggest opposition party, Batkivshchyna,” she said in a statement released late Monday. “These latest events seriously risk to derail the process. I call on the Ukrainian authorities to exercise utmost restraint and refrain from any further use of force, in order to give space for a negotiated solution out of the current political stalemate,` Ashton said.
United States administration is also observing the developments in Kiev too. US Vice President Joe Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Monday to express concern about the situation there and worries about the potential for violence between the government and protesters.
`The Vice President underscored the need to immediately de-escalate the situation and begin a dialogue with opposition leaders on developing a consensus way forward for Ukraine," the White House said in a statement.
Biden said violence had no place in a democratic society and stressed US support for Ukrainian ties to Europe.
US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will also arrive in Kiev from Moscow later today. Meanwhile, the US embassy in Ukraine urged its citizens to avoid downtown Kyiv and the areas near government buildings where there are demonstrations or a large police presence.
The EU has meanwhile given encouragement to Ukrainian protesters.
`I think the European Union has the right and the duty to stand by the people of Ukraine in this very difficult moment, because they are giving to Europe one of the greatest contributions that can be given. Those young people in the streets of Ukraine, with freezing temperatures, are writing the new narrative for Europe,` Barroso said.