EU authorities plan to travel to Kyiv
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to fly to Ukraine today, 48 hours earlier than previously scheduled, to help defuse the country’s crisis. Ashton released an official statement condemning the violence during the protests in the capital prior to her departure to Kiev.
`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,` Ashton said in the statement.
EU Commissioner Stefan Fule will also return to Kyiv to hold negotiations with the leaders of both the opposition and the government.
NATO Secretary General has also expressed his concerns regarding the Kyiv crisis. Rasmussen said Monday constructive political dialogue may be the best way for Ukraine to resolve its crisis.
Ukraine crisis will be one of the topical issues on agenda of the EU -Ukraine summit today. Under the request of Brussels, the format of the summit has been changed by removing the dinner with Russian president Putin out of the agenda.