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Source: EU may apply sanctions against "those guilty of excessive use of force" in Ukraine

December 02, 2013, 7:18 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
The situation in Ukraine would be considered by the Permanent Representatives of 28 EU countries
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BRUSSELS, December 02, (ITAR-TASS).The European Union (EU) may apply targeted sanctions against "specific persons who are guilty of excessive use of force in Kiev", a diplomatic source in the mission of one of European countries told Itar-Tass here on Monday.

"The situation in Ukraine is tense and worrying," the diplomat said. "EU countrirs are following the developments with anxiety. The authorities should not allow an excessive use of force agsindt citizens who expresss their attitude in the streets of the capital".

The source said the situation in Ukraine would be considered by the Permanent Representatives of 28 EU countries here "shortly".

"The EU has taken up a neutral stand but it believes that those responsible for the excessive use of force must be punished. If this is not done by the country's leadership, the EU has availabe its own resources, including the possibility of introducing a ban on entry to European states," the diplomat pointed out.

At the same time the source said that "at this stage, there is no project for sanctions against Ukraine as yet".

"Everything will depend on the development of the situation in that country in the coming days," he added.

When asked how exactly the EU intends to determine "specific persons gulity of the excessive use of force", the diplomat pointed out that "it is too early to speak about that so far".

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