▲ Up
 
12:02 08-02-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanMongoliaWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
U.S., Russia, Ukraine, EU call for immediate halt to violence in Ukraine

Bishkek (AKIpress) - In Geneva The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement, bdnews24 reported.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the meeting in Geneva between Russia and western powers was promising but that the United States and its allies were prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in Moscow, accused Ukraine's leaders of committing a “grave crime” by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.

Putin said he hoped he would not need to take such a step, and that diplomacy could succeed in resolving the standoff, the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

The comments came hours after protesters attacked a Ukrainian national guard base, and Kiev said three of them were killed in the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day uprising.

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats were seeking to resolve a confrontation that has seen pro-Russian fighters seize official buildings across eastern Ukraine while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier.

“All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions,” a joint statement said. “All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.”

It was unclear if Russia would meet Western demands for it to stop stirring unrest in the east and withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border. Moscow denies it is active in Ukraine.

The U.S. State Department said the talks had achieved more than some people had expected.

Still, there was skepticism over whether the agreement could work.

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said there would be additional sanctions on Russia if it did not act to calm tensions in Ukraine.

The United States and European Union have so far imposed visa bans and asset freezes on a number of Russians, a response that Moscow has openly mocked. However, the Western states say they are now contemplating measures that could hurt Russia's economy more broadly.

But some EU nations at least are reluctant to press ahead with more sanctions, fearing that could provoke Russia further or end up hurting their own economies.


Twitterfacebookprint
14:47 18.04.2014
LATEST NEWS
11:59 Erdogan: U.S. should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces11:47 Last statue of Lenin dismantled in southern Tajikistan11:38 Kazakhstan ratifies $100 mln loan agreement with IBRD for Skills and Jobs Project11:34 Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan hands in credentials to President of Slovakia10:52 Bases in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan able to respond to negative development of situation in Afghanistan – Russian Defense Ministry10:41 Islamic Development Bank to finance 5 advanced mobile health clinics for Kyrgyzstan's rural regions10:34 Iran not to forget Kazakhstan's role in nuclear deal: FM10:29 Taiwan earthquake death toll rises10:23 Currency exchange office in Bishkek attacked and robbed for $36,00010:18 Kazakhstan ready to provide Iranian companies incentives to start business in Kazakhstan: Minister10:11 Uzbekistan, Brazil broaden cooperation in agriculture10:08 Kyrgyz President congratulates Xi Jinping on Spring Festival10:06 Tajik family detained for illegal border crossing and cutting off trees09:53 Death of man of heart attack because of cutting down electricity for nonpayment sparks public outcry09:43 Tajik woman, her 4 children drown themselves in river09:37 MPs propose to abolish liquidation of public funds in judicial proceeding09:31 Man sets himself and wife on fire in Naryn09:14 Kyrgyzstan wins 3-1 against Chinese Taipei in friendly futsal match09:02 Traffic jam blocks Ala-Bel Pass at night19:05 PM Modi's Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities good opportunity for US companies: Exim Bank
Astana
-4° C
Ashgabat
+5° C
Bishkek
+15° C
Dushanbe
+14° C
Tashkent
+18° C
Ulaanbaatar
-13° C
exchange rates
 
83.73
74.78
11.38
0.97
406.97
363.72
55.34
4.74
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3093.16
2836.87
431.22
37.74
3.91
3.50
0.53
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75