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EU to impose rapid sanctions on Russia if Kiev crisis persists: French FM

English.news.cn   2014-03-05 20:06:37

PARIS, March 5 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday warned Russia of rapid European sanctions if attempts to reach a diplomatic solution to end Ukraine' s crisis failed.

Speaking to the news channel BFMTV, Fabius unveiled that European leaders could impose on Thursday during a crisis meeting on Ukraine, sanctions on Moscow that include restrictions on visas, the assets of individuals and existing discussions on economic ties with Russia.

"Let's start to initiate the path of dialogue, but at the same time tomorrow there is an EU summit and sanctions could be voted tomorrow if there is no de-escalation," French minister said.

"I expect and hope that Russia will today tell us that there is a prospect for dialogue with a contact group," he added.

In the sidelines of a meeting on Lebanon in Paris, Fabius will meet later in the day Russian, U.S., Ukrainian counterparts for a new round of talks aimed at ending political troubles in Kiev.

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