foreign minister threatens sanctions against Ukraine
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[February 04, 2014]
(Reuters) — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said
sanctions should be used as a threat against Ukraine's government unless
it finds a political solution to its long-running, at times violent,
dispute with the opposition.
The comments from the Social Democrat minister
strike a different tone from the line taken so far by conservative Chancellor
Angela Merkel, who said last week there was no question of sanctions at the
"I think we must now show sanctions as a threat," Steinmeier told Germany's ARD
television in an interview late on Monday, adding that Germany had to be ready
to opt for these measures if the situation did not improve.
Ukraine has been hit by more than two months of unrest following a decision by
President Viktor Yanukovich not to pursue trade and other deals with the
European Union. Ukraine is now in a tug-of war between Russia and the West.
The United States and EU are in preliminary discussions about possible financial
assistance for Ukraine once a new government is formed, a U.S. State Debarment
spokeswoman said on Monday.
(Reporting by Thomas Seythal;
writing by Madeline Chambers; editing by Stephen
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