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EU threatens new Russia sanctions but more aid to Ukraine

Published on May 12, 2014 1:37 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU looks set to try to expand its role in the Ukraine crisis with a fresh show of public support for the Kiev government and threats of new, wider sanctions against Russia.

For the first time in the months-long crisis, one of its top officials, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy who represents the bloc's 28 leaders, will fly to Ukraine on Monday to meet the interim government.

"I will travel to Kiev," he said in a statement "to continue our talks on how to stabilise the situation in Ukraine ahead of the presidential elections on 25 May, how to put an end to violence in Ukraine, and how to create an inclusive national dialogue." Van Rompuy said the visit was on the invitation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk.

It takes place as European Union foreign ministers gather in Brussels to attempt to reconcile broad differences over how to respond to the worst crisis in Europe since the Cold War.

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