French and German cabinet ministers discussed imposing sanctions against the Ukrainian government when they met at the Elysee Palace in Paris for the 16th French German Ministers Council.
They stressed any such move must be directed against those who have caused the deadly violence and would show Kyiv they are serious about the need for a return to political dialogue.
Both French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped short of outlining what form sanctions would take.
“We condemn acts of violence and repression from those in power and our first call is that it stops. But those who have committed such acts and are preparing to do so again need to know they will be punished,” said the French President.
Angela Merkel told reporters: “Only political dialogue can bring real progress. By saying political dialogue I mean a transition government, free elections. And whatever Germany, France and the EU can do, we will do.”
The German chancellor added when the EU foreign ministers meet on Thursday they must discuss specific moves and said it was necessary to talk to both the opposition and Viktor Yanukovych’s government to help bring peace to Ukraine.