PARIS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Saturday threatened to order further strong economic sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow's soldiers presence and persistent support to protesters in eastern Ukraine.
Speaking at a meeting of Europe's Leftists in Paris, Hollande stressed "without doubt" the European Union (EU) would impose more tough sanctions over Russia due "to a clear worsening situation" in Ukraine.
However, the Socialist leader reiterated Paris' support to reach a political solution based on the respect of Ukraine integrity and sovereignty.
Adding to that, Hollande said he's ready to broker a fresh meeting between Russian and Ukrainian top officials "if Moscow show willingness to end what's happening in Ukraine."
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New Zealand FM warns against escalation of Ukraine crisis
WELLINGTON, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government said Friday it was deeply disturbed at reports indicating the involvement of Russian troops in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
"If these reports are confirmed, such actions will escalate the crisis at a time when efforts should be directed to easing tensions," Foreign Minister Murray McCully said in a statement. Full story
Putin urges militia to open humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukrainian soldiers
MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday called on militia in southeastern Ukraine to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukrainian servicemen.
"I am calling on forces to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukrainian servicemen in order to avoid senseless casualties, enable them to get out of the combat areas unimpededly and reunite with their families ... to give urgent medical aid to those wounded in the military operation," reads the presidential address released by the Kremlin press service. Full story