The EU threatens Kiev with suspension of the relations
The European Union may suspend official relations with Ukraine because of reports in Ukrainian media, informed the BBC Jacek Protasiewicz, Vice-President of the European Parliament.
The official formed this opinion under the influence of latest information from the Ukrainian media:
“News from Ukraine shock ... after this then we cannot deal with Ukraine as before. If this is true (that the police opened fire on demonstrators - Ed.), then the relations between Ukraine and the European Union going to change drastically,” - said Mr Protasevich.
“Dialog with Ukraine is threatened and may be suspended today,” noted the diplomat.
Earlier, after the first reports of those killed in the protests, Catherine Ashton EU High Representative for Foreign Policy appealed for “immediate cessation” of the escalation of violence in Kiev.
“I strongly condemn the escalation of violence in Kiev at night, which led to the fatal casualties... All acts of violence must be immediately stopped and thoroughly investigated,” reads the statement of Ms Ashton.
President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso also urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop the violence.
“I would like to emphasize the primary responsibility of the Ukrainian authorities to step down from the escalation of the crisis, involving the opposition and civil society into this dialog,” said the diplomat in Brussels.
Mr Barroso also expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the clashes.
Greece, currently EU presiding country, also alarmed by the growing violence in Kiev.
“I appeal to all in Ukraine to exercise restraint and avoid violence,” - twitted Evangelos Venizelos, Greek Foreign Minister.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged to dialog between the opposition and the authorities.
“I condemn the use of violence. Violence can never be the answer to the political crisis," reads his statement.
“You have crossed the border. A person died, blood was shed. We appeal to both sides to show restraint,” says the statement of Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.