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European Parliament calls for EU intervention in Ukraine crisis


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European Parliament calls for EU intervention in Ukraine crisis

The European Parliament has called on the EU to do more to support eastern partners seeking closer European ties.

The session in Strasbourg passed a resolution condemning the “brutal use of force against peaceful demonstrations,” demanding the immediate release of detained protesters, and calling for top-level EU engagement with Kyiv.

Green MEPs expressed solidarity with pro-EU protesters by waving Ukrainian and EU flags.

“We have more and more feelings that they are not interested in the West anymore, that Yanukovych is minded to go to Russia. I feel sometimes that the Iron curtain is coming back again, I hope I am wrong. We call for him to agree to a real round table under the conditions that the opposition is explaining,” said German centre-right MEP Elmar Brok, chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

The parliament’s resolution calls on the EU to use all the tools it has – including aid, trade, visa waivers and other projects – to support eastern partners.

It was passed as Ukrainian opposition members were in Strasbourg, invited by the Greens.

Ostap Semerak, a former MP in the Ukrainian parliament, said: “Ukraine is in a big danger. The current political crisis is not leading towards a peaceful settlement. We came to speak with our partners, with our friends in the European family because Ukraine needs urgent help from the European Union – our political partners and neighbours.”

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