LUXEMBOURG: The European Union discussed fresh sanctions against Russia on Monday as foreign ministers angrily blamed Moscow for fomenting trouble in restive eastern Ukraine while holding out hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.
“Further sanctions have to be the response to Russia’s behavior,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on arriving for talks with his 27 counterparts. “There have to be consequences.”
Events in the past 48 hours in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin militants have seized official buildings in orchestrated attacks, are “clearly a further escalation of the crisis,” Hague said.
Saying it “appears obvious” that Russia bears some responsibility, French Minister Laurent Fabius added: “We must act.”