Russian Foreign Minister condemns threats against Ukrainian sanctions as “intimidation”

According to Russia On February 20th, the Ukrainian President Yanukovych concluded talks with opposition leaders Achenchenuk, Klitschko and Jiagenibok. According to the results of the talks, the two sides announced reconciliation and began a dialogue on stabilizing the situation. The leaders of the radical nationalist organizations involved in the talks said they would not implement the armistice agreement. The picture shows the local time on February 20, the Ukrainian anti-government protesters and the police continue to clash.

<p According to the Russian News Agency on February 20th, Ukrainian President Yanukovych ended talks with opposition leaders Achenchenuk, Klitschko and Jiagenibok. According to the results of the talks, the two sides announced reconciliation and began a dialogue on stabilizing the situation. The leaders of the radical nationalist organizations involved in the talks said they would not implement the armistice agreement. The picture shows the local time on February 20, the Ukrainian anti-government protesters and the police continue to clash.

China News Service, February 20th According to foreign reports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned on the 20th the attempt to impose sanctions on Ukrainian leaders was “intimidation”.

Lavrov said at a press conference in Baghdad that threats to impose sanctions are acts of intimidation.

A senior US State Department official said on the 20th that the United States will impose visa sanctions on about 20 Ukrainian officials suspected of using violence, but said that the United States will not publish a list of Ukrainian officials subject to visa sanctions.

The EU said on the 19th that it would consider imposing sanctions on Ukraine. The EU held a meeting of foreign ministers of member states on the 20th to discuss possible sanctions against Ukraine.

On November 21, 2013, after the Ukrainian government decided to suspend the signing of the country of association agreement with the European Union, a large number of supporters in Europe came to the streets to protest. Tensions in Ukraine have intensified.

On the 18th of this month, a large-scale riot broke out in the center of Kiev. The Ukrainian police launched a clearance operation on the Kiev Independence Square, which triggered a bloody conflict with the demonstrators. The Ukrainian Ministry of Health announced on the 20th that the number of deaths in the capital Kiev has risen to 35, 505 people were injured in the Kiev conflict and 292 were hospitalized.

A few hours after the Ukrainian government reached a ceasefire agreement with the opposition at midnight on the 19th, in the early morning of the 20th, the Kiev Independence Square broke out again. Agence France-Presse reported that the latest conflict has killed at least 25 people.

Responsible Editor: Wu Yuanchun

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