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EU and Russia express concern over Kiev violence

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:37

Jan. 23 - The European Union and Russia - whose relationships with Ukraine sparked weeks of unrest - urge protesters and the government to use dialogue. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As protests continue to grip Ukraine, the level of violence is raising deep concerns among world leaders. In recent days, three protesters have died -- two of them from gunshot wounds. More than 150 police have been injured. Olivier Bailly, a spokesman for the European Union commission, said Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to address his concerns. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EU COMMISSION SPOKESMAN, OLIVIER BAILLY, SAYING: "The use of force is obviously, for the Commission, not the answer to the political situation. Mr. Barroso also urged President Yanukovich to have the highest level dialogue with the opposition immediately, which is a role for him as the head of state." The EU has played a significant role in the unrest. Ukraine was heading for a trade deal with the EU, but Yanukovich rejected the pact. Instead, he opted for closer ties with Russia. That country's deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, said negotiations are the only way to end the violence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RUSSIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, ARKADY DVORKOVICH, SAYING: ''I think people will think twice about repeating what they did. They should come to the table to discuss how to create a peaceful environment, and find solutions that would be comfortable for all Ukrainians, not just 10 percent or 20 percent, but the majority.'' A meeting on Wednesday between Yanukovich and protesters failed to reach a solution.

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EU and Russia express concern over Kiev violence

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:37