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Head of European Council excludes EU military intervention to resolve Ukrainian crisis

May 06, 2014, 13:42 UTC+3

Herman Van Rompuy believes that Ukraine has become a "victim of a campaign to destabilize undertaken by external elements"

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BRUSSELS, May 6./ITAR-TASS/. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy ruled out EU military intervention to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. In his view, the EU should "use other tools" to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine. "We must help the country economically and politically in the creation of new institutions (authorities)," quoted the head of the European Council newspaper Soir.

He believes that Ukraine has become a "victim of a campaign to destabilize undertaken by external elements."


"New Life" of Geneva agreements

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the Geneva agreement on Ukraine should get a new life. This he told reporters on arrival at the Ministerial Session of the Council of Europe. "If there is an opportunity to breathe new life into the agreements reached in Geneva three weeks ago, we should try to do this, "he said.

Hague emphasized that "all parties must fulfill their obligations."

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview with Gazeta Wyborcza  that the refusal of dialogue with Russia would be a big mistake. Worsened situation in eastern Ukraine and bloody clashes in Odessa show that only a few steps set off from an open military confrontation, he warned.

"The conflict over Ukraine takes very acute form, which has seemed impossible in Europe. Threat of a new division of Europe is still real," the minister said. Europe should seek all possible ways to avoid open civil war in Ukraine, he added.

In his opinion, it is necessary to ensure that the United States, Russia, the EU and Ukraine "sit down at the negotiating table".

He believes a mistake four-party talks on Ukraine, held in Geneva in April ,  was a lack of agreement on the mechanisms of implementation of the decisions.


The main task to avoid civil war

French President Francois Hollande in a live TV channel BFM said that "it is necessary to make every possible effort to avoid civil war in Ukraine."

"The main goal for France to assure the presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25,"  Hollande said. According to him, if the elections will not take place, the chaos and the danger of a civil war appear. "The most important now is to ensure that a chosen president will be perceived as legitimate by the entire population," Hollande added.

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