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Bildt on situation in Ukraine: "extremely serious"

Published onsdag 22 januari 2014 kl 16.35

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says the crisis in Ukraine is "extremely serious" and holds the government there responsible for what is happening, the news agency Reuters reports.

Speaking to reporters in Switzerland, at the international conference on Syria, Bildt said "it won't be business as usual after this" in terms of the EU's handling of anti-government protests. The violent clashes have left five people dead dead, according to AFP. Two of them were shot with live ammunition, according to prosecutors that the news agency AP have spoken to.

Bildt in Switzerland said: "It is extremely serious. There is no question that the responsibility lies with the regime. The regime has a responsibility to sit down with the opposition, but unfortunately I don't see any sign of them doing it."

And on Twitter, he wrote: "News from Kiev is increasingly grim. Regime refuses dialogue and relies on increased repression and violence. I fear further deterioration."

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