Xinhuanet Beijing, February 21st Comprehensive Xinhua News Agency reporters reported: The situation in Ukraine continued to be tense on the 20th, and the number of riots continued to rise. The special foreign ministers of EU member states will decide to impose sanctions on Ukraine, while the Russian side criticizes that Western sanctions threats are similar to “intimidation”, which only exacerbates tensions.
Although both sides of the Ukrainian conflict announced on the 19th that they agreed to a temporary “ceasefire”, the protesters and the police broke out again in the bloody conflict on the 20th. Both sides accused each other of shooting. The Ukrainian Ministry of Health announced that since the riots in the capital city of Kiev on the 18th, 75 people have been killed as of the evening and hundreds more have been injured.
Uzbekistan’s Rada (Parliament) passed a resolution on the evening of 20th to ban the Ukrainian Security Service and the Counter-Terrorism Center from launching anti-terrorist actions announced recently. The resolution said that the Security Bureau, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other militarized organizations should “stop using force against Ukrainian citizens immediately”.
At the same time, relevant parties have launched a new round of mediation around the situation in Ukraine. The three foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland went to Kiev on the 20th and held talks with President Yanukovych and the main leaders of the Ukrainian opposition. French Foreign Minister Fabius said that the three foreign ministers tried to push for an agreement between the two parties to form a new government, organize elections and end violence, but the negotiations “very difficult” have not found a solution.
Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov said on the same day that at the request of Yanukovich, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a representative to Kiev on the evening of 20th to participate in the Ukrainian government and opposition negotiations as a middleman.
The special foreign ministers of EU member states in Brussels decided to impose sanctions on Ukraine on the 20th. The specific measures include imposing visa bans on those responsible for violent incidents and freezing their assets in the EU domain, while prohibiting member states from U.S. exports riot equipment. After the meeting, Ashton, the high-ranking representative of the EU’s foreign affairs and security policy, said that the EU is still committed to seeking a political solution to the Uzbek crisis. The agreement between the countries that had promised to Uganda remains valid.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is visiting Iraq, said on the 20th that Western countries’ threats against Ukrainian sanctions are similar to “intimidation” and “will motivate rioters”. Lavrov pointed out that the Ukrainian opposition refused to sever relations with extremists, but the United States gave the Ukrainian government full responsibility, which is in the “double standard”.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukashevich also said at the press conference that the essence of the violent conflict in Ukraine is “attempting to launch a national coup or force to seize power”, extremists respond to violent conflicts and bloodshed The incident bears the primary responsibility, and the Ukrainian opposition should also bear a great responsibility for this. He said that Russia does not interfere in the internal conflict and mediation process in Uzbekistan. At present, Russia-Uzbekistan’s contacts in various fields are still continuing, and the two sides plan to continue to deepen economic cooperation. He stressed that the unilateral sanctions against Uzbekistan by the relevant countries are illegal from the perspective of international law, and sanctions will only aggravate tensions in Uzbekistan.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on the 20th that Russia will continue to cooperate with Ukraine in all aspects of the agreement, but “the Ukrainian regime must be legal and effective, and cannot allow extremists to use the foreign support.” When the rag is on the top of the foot, rdquo;.
The White House issued a statement on the 20th, urging the Ukrainian government to respect the rights of “demonstrative peaceful demonstrations” and appealing to demonstrators to express their aspirations by “peaceful means”. The statement urged Uzbek President Yanukovych to immediately withdraw security personnel from the demonstration site in downtown Kiev, calling on the Ukrainian military not to be involved in the conflict and asking the parties to take “clear measures” to stop the violence and start “meaningful” ”Dialog. The statement said that the United States will work with European allies to hold those responsible for violence accountable. On the same day, U.S. Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry also reaffirmed the U.S. position by calling and making statements on the phone with Yanukovych.
In late November last year, Ukraine broke out of political crisis as a result of the government’s decision to suspend the signing of an agreement with the European Union. The political situation continued to turmoil to this day. On the 18th of this month, the most serious violent clashes occurred in Kiev in the past three months. The United Nations, Russia, and China have called on all parties concerned to stop the bloodshed of violence and resolve the crisis peacefully through dialogue.
Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang