Barroso to Yanukovich: There will be consequences if violence does not stop in Ukraine

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As the situation in Ukraine evolves toward civil war, Commission President José Manuel Barroso proposed on Thursday to send the EU’s top diplomats to Kyiv to help dialogue and calm down the situation. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich reportedly accepted the mediation and assured Barroso that he didn’t foresee to install a state of emergency in Ukraine.

Asked if the EU was already discussed sanctions against Ukraine leaders or was coordinating its action with the USA who already imposed visa sanctions on some officials, Commission spokesperson Olivier Bailly avoided a direct answer, saying that for the time being Brussels wanted to give chance to the political dialogue, but if the violence continued, the EU would examine the “possible consequences” for Ukraine.

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