WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden on Tuesday urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to take immediate measures to lead his country out of the current crisis.
In their latest round of phone conversation, Biden called on the Ukrainian leader to pull back riot police, release detained protesters, and establish accountability for those responsible for beatings and attacks on journalists and protesters, as part of efforts to reduce tensions and build trust with the protesters.
Biden "emphasized that the only viable path to peace and stability in Ukraine is through continued dialogue and genuine compromise to form a new government that can earn the confidence of the Ukrainian people," the White House said in a readout of the talks.
Protests erupted in November after Yanukovych backtracked on a partnership agreement with the European Union, a path toward an eventual membership of the bloc.
Washington and its allies have threatened sanctions against Ukraine. Victoria Nuland, U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, will return to Ukraine on Thursday to seek the formation of a new government and a plan of action that can put the country back on track toward European integration, State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said.
German FM threatens sanctions against Ukraine
BERLIN, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Germany must act decidedly in response to the crisis in Ukraine and sanctions against the government should be used as a threat if efforts seeking to find a political solution are rejected, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.
Steinmeier described the situation in Ukraine as "highly explosive" in an interview with Germany's ARD television late on Monday. Full story
Ukraine crisis in spotlight at Munich Security Conference
MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The annual Munich Security Conference concluded here on Sunday with several issues heatedly discussed, among which the crisis in Ukraine has been put in the spotlight.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Ukrainian opposition leaders on Saturday on the sidelines of the conference and reaffirmed the U.S. support for the opposition in Ukraine. Full story