EU strategy for Ukrainian crisis must be revised - Czech PM


30.08.2014 18:36

Brussels - The European Union (EU) should revise its overall strategy for the Ukrainian crisis, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told reporters closely ahead of the EU summit today.


Ilustrační foto - Český premiér Bohuslav Sobotka přichází 30. srpna v Bruselu na mimořádný summitu EU k situaci na Ukrajině a unijním personálním otázkám. ČTK Dospiva Jakub

Before making a possible decision to tighten anti-Russian sanctions, the EU summit should discuss further diplomatic initiatives with the aim to halt fighting in Ukraine, Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said.

No particular proposal for tightening sanctions has been tabled yet, he added.

"The Czech Republic is not coming to the talks with a proposal for sanctions. We have a proposal to revise the EU´s overall strategy since it does not seem very successful so far. I have not noticed that we have achieved anything," Sobotka noted.

This is why a new strategy should be defined, he added.

"Today, we should deal with the result of the European Union´s diplomatic activities focused on the crisis in Ukraine," Sobotka said before the meeting of the EU countries´ head of state and government.

He, however, said he expected a discussion on sanctions.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is to address the EU countries´ leaders in this respect today.

Sobotka said the EU had decided on sanctions several times and had gradually tightened them. However, they did not lead to a ceasefire and the number of victims in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has been rising, he added.

"I cannot see any satisfactory solution on the horizon yet," he told reporters.

Sobotka said he would like to know the EU´s general strategy for the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

He also noted today that he would be interested in the result of a recent meeting in Minsk where Poroshenko had met Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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