KIEV, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pledged here Thursday to do his best to prevent the escalation of the ongoing political tensions in the East European country, the presidential press service reported.
Yanukovych made the pledge during the talks with Victoria Nuland, U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, the press service said in a statement on its website.
Yanukovych has reiterated his commitment to resolve the political crisis in Ukraine through peaceful negotiations and political dialogue, the statement said.
"Only through dialogue and compromise is it possible to bring the country out of the political crisis," Yanukovych was quoted by his press service as saying.
Yanukovych expressed his willingness to continue the dialogue with the opposition and promised to take measures to accelerate the release of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests.
The rallies in Ukraine began last November over the government' s decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union.
The demonstrations turned violent on Jan. 19, when protesters attacked police with sticks, fireworks and petrol bombs. At least four demonstrators were killed during the unrest and hundreds of others, including police officers, were injured.
BRUSSELS, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday adopted a non-binding resolution in Strasburg, calling for targeted sanctions against Ukraine.
The resolution suggested the European Union (EU) and its member states should prepare targeted sanctions, such as travel ban and freezing the EU assets of those responsible for violence against Ukrainian protesters. Full story
MOSCOW, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Russia is concerned with situation in Ukraine, including rise of Russophobia there, but is not going to intervene in Kiev's domestic affairs, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
"Russia is watching what is happening in Ukraine with concern. We hope that our Ukrainian partners can resolve the situation as quickly as possible," Peskov told a local FM radio station. Full story