EU Offers Ukraine Help but Holds Off on New Russia Sanctions

Stoltenberg:  the Western military alliance would supply Ukraine with secure communication equipment this month - part of a 40-million-euros pledge to bolster Kiev's armed forces."
EU Offers Ukraine Help but Holds Off on New Russia Sanctions
14 December 09:52 2018 Print This Article

European Union leaders offered Ukraine more aid at a summit on Thursday after Russia’s seized its ships off Crimea but calls to punish Moscow with more sanctions went unheeded for now as Berlin and Paris try to secure the release of captured sailors.The bloc’s 28 national leaders, however, decided to roll over the existing economic sanctions over Crimea’s 2014 annexation by Moscow and Russia’s subsequent backing for rebels in east Ukraine.

“There is no justification for the use of military force by Russia,” the bloc said.The EU demanded the release of the 24 Ukrainian sailors, the return of their three vessels and free passage to all ships passing through the Kerch Strait, which controls access to the Azov Sea near Crimea.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who met EU summit chairman Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday, also received reassurances from NATO’s head Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg said earlier on Thursday that the Western military alliance would supply Ukraine with secure communication equipment this month – part of a 40-million-euros ($46 million) pledge to bolster Kiev’s armed forces.”

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