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EU to impose restrictions on travel visas for Ukrainian officials

February 20, 2014, 21:10 UTC+3 KIEV
An EU ministerial gathering in Brussels also decided to freeze the officials’ financial accounts
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BRUSSELS, February 20. /ITAR-TASS/. European Union has made a decision to impose restrictions on the issuance of travel visas to the Ukrainian officials, whom it deems responsible for the use of violence in Ukraine, Reuters said quoting Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino.

An EU ministerial gathering in Brussels also decided to freeze the officials’ financial accounts, should the latter be tracked down in the West.

In addition to this, the EU countries supported the introduction of an embargo on the supplies of weaponry, military hardware and ‘police antiriot gear’ to Ukraine.

According to Reuters, Bonino said the position had been agreed with the French, German and Polish foreign ministers currently staying in Kiev to hold negotiations with President Viktor Yanukovich.

"The decision is to proceed very rapidly, in the next hours, to a visa ban and asset freeze on those who have committed the violence," she told reporters as she was leaving the conference.

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Earlier in the day, German, French and Polish foreign ministers had a four-hours long meeting Yanukovich in a bid to negotiate what they referred to as a “political solution”.

The ministers were said to prolong their stay in Kiev through Friday in order to knock up “a roadmap”.

Their core proposal, according to the sources quoted by international media, was the setting up of a temporary government until new elections.


 

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