February 21, 2014 21:52
Ashton hails Ukraine govt-opposition deal, demands punishment for rights violators
BRUSSELS. Feb 21 (Interfax) - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton hailed Friday's agreement between Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders.
"This agreement opens the way for a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine. A democratic and peaceful solution is the only way forward," Ashton said in a statement released in Brussels.
"There must be an immediate end to violence and I call for the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms and for urgent independent investigations into human rights violations. Those responsible must be brought to justice and in this respect we adopted strong Council Conclusions yesterday," she said.
"The EU has been very much engaged in all the efforts that led to this important breakthrough [Friday's deal]. I particularly commend the important work on my behalf of the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and Poland who facilitated this agreement. Implementation is now key. I call upon all signatories to respect the agreement and recall full Ukrainian ownership and responsibility for its immediate implementation," Ashton said.
"The EU is ready to lend full support to the implementation of the agreement, in close coordination with the Council of Europe, the Chairman in Office of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and other relevant partners," she said.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
January 19, 2018
INTERFAX RUSSIA AND CIS BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS
January 18, 2018
By passing Donbas bill, Kyiv authorities show lack of interest in restoration of peace in the country - Ukrainian opposition
OSCE expecting success of Moscow-Kyiv talks on Russia's return to JCCC
Armenian FM holds talks with Azerbaijani counterpart, calls on Baku to observe truce agreements
LPR agreed on disengaging forces in Stanytsia Luhanska on Jan 21
Russia, U.S. to continue ISS cooperation at least until 2024 - Rogozin (Part 2)
New mechanism approved by UN SC needed to investigate incidents involving chemical weapons in Syria - Nebenzya
U.S. possible refusal from Russian space rocket engines, Soyuz seats not critical for Roscosmos' financial position - Rogozin
Moscow demands Washington hold accountable those involved in disseminating confidential information affecting Russian interests
Karabakh intermediaries put forth several creative proposals - Azerbaijani FM
Political subgroup discusses Ukrainian law on Donbas reintegration in Minsk - OSCE Special Envoy Sajdik
RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY URGES U.S. AUTHORITIES TO CURB SPREADING CONFIDENTIAL INFO CONCERNING RUSSIAN INTERESTS, HOLD RESPONSIBLE THOSE GUILTY, INCLUDING IN AMERICAN STATE ADMINISTRATION