EU's Ashton calls for halt to 'violence and intimidation' in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (L) shakes hands with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton prior to their meeting in Kiev on January 29, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE POOL/ANDRIY MOSIENKO)

KIEV: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday called for an end to the "violence and intimidation" in Ukraine, saying there needed to be a real dialogue between the authorities and the opposition.

"The violence and intimidation, wherever it comes from, must be stopped," she told reporters in Kiev following a meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych. "The dialogue that has happened from time to time (between the opposition and authorities) needs to be a real dialogue," she added.





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