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Rinkevics calls for strict and unified actions from EU to support Ukraine

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has called the EU to demonstrate a strict and unified reaction to recent events in Ukraine. According to him, the situation there has drastically escalated and seems not unlike the scenario of Crimea.

He expressed his opinion on this during the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU in Luxembourg. The main topic of this meeting is the development of the situation in Ukraine and relations between the EU and Russia.

Rinkevics notes that further escalation of the conflict may lead to the use of military forces and grow into a civil war.

Considering the possibility of the situation getting worse, Rinkevics called his European colleagues to prepare measures aimed at stabilizing the situation.

In regard to the possible economic sanctions, Latvian Foreign Minister believes that it is necessary to assess their possible impact on Europe’s economy. Furthermore, he believes it is necessary to expand the list of persons who should be presented with travel restrictions and have their foreign bank accounts frozen.

Latvian Foreign Minister encouraged Russia to stop supporting separatists. He also noted that Russia should stop activities of Special Forces units and withdraw its forces from the Ukrainian-Russian border. Rinkevics also said that EU member states are to continue providing support to Ukraine on a bilateral and European level.

Foreign ministers of other EU state assured in their statements that they will do what they can to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also asked Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine. Ministers agreed to allocate financial aid to Ukraine in order to support reforms in the country and contribute to economic stabilization of the country. Foreign ministers agreed to temporarily cancel customs tariffs for Ukrainian export to EU.

During the meeting, ministers expressed concerns over the process of euro integration process of integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the EU. This process was halted due to the lack of political will of leaders of this country. Considering the country’s current social and economic situation, it is necessary to increase the pace of completion of the most important reforms.

Among other things, ministers also discussed the situation in Syria, noting the humanitarian situation in the country, talks on Syria, the impact of the Syrian crisis on the region and the process of handling chemical weapons.


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  1. Tom says:

    I’m from the UK and can’t believe what I’m witnessing in Ukraine, it wasn’t long ago I was in Kyiv watching football. A beautiful country with beautiful people or so I believed at the time. It saddens me greatly what I see on the news. It is very clear what Russia is trying so hard to do, I wonder how much Putin is paying these so called Russian supporters. The Russian government is full of criminals who have no right to do what they are doing to this country. Can you imagine for 1 second what Putin would do if there was any uprising in Russia, I’m sure he would go in with an iron fist and destroy anyone who opposed him and his rule. Foreign armed troops firing weapons within another country and killing people? No other country on earth would allow this to happen and nor should Ukraine or its people. It’s time the world united and grew some balls and apply “maximum” pressure on Russia to try and end this bloodshed before it’s too late.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re a funny man, Tom. Hilarious even. If there was an uprising in Russia. Have you forgotten the recent elections? Were there any deaths? Were people killed by the military? Did anyone open fire on them?
      Look at what ‘civilized countries’ did to Libya, what they are doing in Syria. Foreign soldiers open fire on peaceful people there. Hell – ‘foreign’ soldiers opened fire on the crowd and police forces in Kyiv. No one wants to talk about that? How about Americans and other democrats look at those events as well. Go on Youtube and search for the names of the people ‘democratic Europe’ has helped come into power. And I add that unlike Crimea, those people who are now in power gained power through an armed revolt. People were killed…Are you so blinded by your misguided hate for Russia that you cannot see simple facts?

    • CCCP says:

      You dumb ass, it’s time for the world to unite and start fighting USA and Israel imperialism, who tortures, massacrates, civils, innocents, from all over the world, just for the fun of it.

      Do you, British servants, thought the party would last forever? After the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO expanded to near Russian borders? The motherfreaking USA empire does not even allow non-servant governments in other continents!

      You stupid ass. This Ukrainian government is illegal, and took over power through terrorism. And European Union – in which my country is stuck, unfortunately – wants to make Ukraine another satellite of the Empire.

      Worry yourself about the DAILY BLOODSHEDS that happen in Irak, Afghanistan, thanks to USA and UK.

      Russia was very quiet, before these terrorists took over power, with the help of NAZIS, and started an anti-Russian, and anti-democratic movement. If the West Financial Lords leave Ukraine alone, there will be peace.

  2. Tom says:

    Go on youtube, who’s the funny one now!! Oh and by the way, I certainly don’t hate Russian people..How do I know that? Well….. I married one…but of course… I would never know what you know now would I ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s about time Nato starts showing its teeth. The most powerful military alliance in the world should not allow itself to be pushed around like it is at the moment. It is obvious that Russia is using irregular military forces to destabilize eastern Ukraine. While tanks might not be rolling across the border for the moment, this is a direct act of war against a neighbour of several Nato-members. Russia doesn’t tolerate foreign influence in its periphery and neither should Nato. Time to increase air and naval presence along Nato’s eastern border, toughen up sanctions as to hit large parts of the Russian economy and provide some tangible military support to Ukraine. Situations like these is why we have special forces.

    • CCCP says:

      Since when NATO is an alliance? It’s USA-Israel interests defended by themselves, and their servants. “Alliance”? Holy mother of Gods, I don’t know how some people can say this without starting to laugh their brains out, really.

      Even when Portugal was a nationalist regime, it was forced by Americans to let them use the Azores. “We were not asking. We are going to use them.” Said our “allies”! Who didn’t mind Portuguese lived under a fascist regime. Nor the Spanish. Everything was allowed into NATO.

      And when the Warsaw Pact came to an end – bad, bad thing – the Americans, particulary George Bush father promissed they would not expand NATO. Yeah, right, we can see that. Really, it’s amazing how pacient the Russians are, and always were. If someone farts, the USA-Israel send a freaking bomb, and start destroying everything around. No chance. Rome itself would feel ashamed.

      History is no longer a privilege of some.

  4. michael walsh, journalist says:

    Did he ever call for sanctions against the U.S. for their waging goodness knows how many aggressive wars? This is what threat and aggression is: The US has more than 1,000 bases around the world, plus 4,000 at home. Pressed by Congress, the Pentagon said that this network in 2012 had a cost of 22 billion dollars, but in reality no one is really capable of fathoming the depths of the US military annual balance sheet. A recent calculation by David Vine, assistant professor of anthropology at American University, in Washington, DC, guess that the real cost is around 170 billion dollars.

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