In spite of considerable differences of opinion between its foreign ministers, the European Union has succeeded in maintaining a common stance on Ukraine. Some ministers wanted tougher sanctions against Russia now, while others wanted to avoid punitive measures against Moscow. In the end, the representatives of 28 countries agreed on a common line: Sanctions would be extended through further travel bans and account freezes if there is not satisfactory progress at a special summit next week between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the EU in Geneva. It may be a complicated formula diplomatically, but it is a workable compromise for all member states. One last deadline The EU is giving Russia one last deadline for it to cooperate constructively to defuse the explosive situation in Ukraine. EU ministers have no doubt the Russian leadership is to blame for the deterioration of the situation. The supposed calls for help from Russian-speaking eastern Ukrainians are staged and just as fake as the cries for help heard four weeks earlier in Crimea. Now the EU wants to prevent eastern Ukraine from being torn away from the country according to the same Russian playbook. Ukraine would be ruined, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would… Read full this story
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