West hopes sanctions threat will halt violence in Ukraine
- In view of the violence in Kiev, which has claimed 26 lives and injured more than 200 people, the US and EU are deciding to impose targeted sanctions. Only the Ukrainian officials who they find to be responsible for the breaking of violence will be targeted.
- The White House is all geared to execute disciplinary measures against Ukraine. However the senior officials think that the most effectual sanctions would be introduced by EU.
- After the independence of Ukraine in 1991, the clashes between anti-government protesters and police are turning into extreme hostility.
- The disciplinary measures are likely to impose freezing of assets, visa restrictions to senior officials who are close to Mr. Yanukovych, and are responsible to the violence. The French President, Francois Hollande and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have both indicated that they will back the possible sanctions.
- Although she was shocked with the violence, Ms. Merkel was quite restrained in her opposition. According to her, there is no point in imposing sanctions that would hit the common people, but only the sanctions on the people responsible for it will not be enough either.
- Later she spoke with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and now the two have agreed to do “everything necessary” in order to avoid the escalation of violence.
- Mr. Yanukovych had to pull the government forces back to de-escalate the situation. However now he has the choice between compromise and dialogue, or violence and devastation.
- Though the sanctions are welcomed by the protesters, the foreign policy experts at Berlin are a bit cautious about the political consequences or fallouts of such bans.
- According to Stefan Meister, a member of European Council for Foreign Relations, freezing the assets of politicians could surely hurt them, but he was unsure if it will certainly stop the violence. Also, it would cut off the financial power that Europe has on Ukraine. They could then turn to Russia for help, and the tension would shoot up further.
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