EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kyiv including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets.
European Council and Commission representatives yesterday (24 August) confirmed reports that the United Nations is to grant the EU the right to speak at the body's General Assembly ahead of its 64 th session, which starts on 15 September in New York.
Speaking at a press conference after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday in Brussels, the EU's High Representative Catherine Ashton said that 'a constitutional reform is a key part on trying to solve this crisis' in Ukraine. 'I have listened their issues and concerns, the importance to stopping any form of violence bringing to justice who has perpetrated that violence', Ashton added.
France urged the European Union to look again at lifting an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, putting it at odds with Germany which said such a step could spread conflict in the region.
The European Parliament called for a binding international resolution on how to deter the use of chemical weapons in Syria yesterday (12 September), as the US and Russian foreign ministers are due to hold a second round of talks on the crisis in Geneva.
Speaking to journalists after meetings with Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, the Ukrainian opposition and civil society representatives, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Wednesday for a 'real dialogue' to find a political way out of the Ukrainian crisis.
"The dialogue which has happened from time to time needs to become a real dialogue. We hope to see real progress in these coming days. Time is really of the essence," Ashton said.
Ukrainian anti-riot forces took the central square of Kyiv by storm last night, clashing with protestors just hours after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to repeat that the door remained open for him to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.