Germany, France summon Ukrainian ambassadors
Germany, France summon Ukrainian ambassadors to condemn escalating violence
Associated Press
2014-01-24 10:42 PM

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and France have summoned the Ukrainian ambassadors in their capitals to express their concern about the violent crackdown against anti-government protesters in Kiev.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Friday the deaths of protesters in recent days "show how serious the situation is."

French Foreign Minister Laurent said there was "condemnation from France" of the escalating situation in Ukraine.

Largely peaceful demonstrations against Ukraine's pro-Russian government turned violent this week after President Viktor Yanukovych pushed through harsh anti-protest laws.

So far the European Union's 28 members haven't been able to agree on whether to threaten Ukraine with sanctions, as the United States has done.

But Schaefer said Germany wasn't "excluding the possibility that the time will come when the question of sanctions will come up."

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