Possible sanctions but also aid on the table in efforts to end Ukraine's crisis - DW

Possible sanctions but also aid on the table in efforts to end Ukraine's crisis - DW

YEREVAN, February 4. /ARKA/. Germany has raised the possibility of sanctions on Ukraine’s leadership if it refuses to negotiate a solution to the current crisis, Deutsche Welle reported. This followed reports that the EU and others were considering a financial aid package.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday that Berlin remained ready to take decisive action against the leadership of Ukraine, to persuade it to work with the opposition to resolve the country's political standoff.

Asked about opposition calls for the West to impose sanctions on the Ukrainian leadership, Steinmeier said "sanctions should be now be displayed as a threat."

Steinmeier added that while in recent days there had been a "small moves that were reason for a little hope," Ukraine "remains a powder keg, and I hope that neither side sets it off." –0--

11:36 04.02.2014

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