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EU to push for mediation with Russia over Ukraine

Published on Mar 3, 2014 8:39 PM
 
German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier responds to questions from the audience after delivering remarks, on Feb 28, 2014, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.

In emergency talks convened after Russian President Vladimir Putin seized the Crimean peninsula and said he had the right to invade Ukraine, ministers will try to strike a balance between pressure on Moscow and finding a way to calm the situation.

Germany, France and Britain, the EU's most-powerful nations, are all advocating mediation to resolve the crisis, possibly via the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, while not ruling out economic measures if Moscow does not cooperate.

"Crisis diplomacy is not a weakness but it will be more important than ever to not fall into the abyss of military escalation," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters as he arrived for the talks in Brussels.

 
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