EU tells Russia to back Ukrainian peace plan

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EU Foreign Affairs Ministers urged Russia on Monday to back the peace plan for Ukraine put forward by newly elected president Petro Poroshenko.

Ministers also noted that tougher economic sanctions might be imposed on Russia if Moscow fails to help de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine.

“We call in particular on Russia to support the plan and use its influence to insure this implementation. We want to see the violence ending and we call on all sides to do the maximum to protect civilians and to let humanitarian organisations to do their job.” said EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.
Ministers also agreed to send an EU mission to Ukraine to assist the crisis-hit country in the reform of the civilian security sector, police and the rule of law.
Goods originating from Russian-occupied Crimea or Sevastopol will also be banned on EU territory.

“We also adopted several concrete decisions: first of all, we started to implement our policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and decided to prohibit the import of goods from Crimea to the EU if they don´t have Ukrainian certificates.” Ashton said.

Meanwhile, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia are set to sign EU Association agreements during a European Council meeting in Brussels next Thursday.

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