Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ukraine President Says Europe’s Security Depends on Stopping Russia

By ANDREW HIGGINS and NEIL MacFARQUHAR, NYT
AUG. 30, 2014

BRUSSELS — Accusing Russia of waging a campaign of “military aggression and terror” against his country, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine told European leaders here on Saturday that their own countries’ security depended on stopping Russian troops from stoking a conflict in eastern Ukraine that he said could escalate into a wider war.

His warnings won no pledges of military assistance from the European Union, but helped set the stage for a new round of sanctions against Russia.

Saying that Russia was pushing the conflict in Ukraine toward “the point of no return,” the president of the European Union’s executive arm, José Manuel Barroso, said European leaders in Brussels would endorse new, tougher measures in an effort to make Moscow “come to reason.”

Some European leaders, particularly those from former Communist nations in Eastern Europe, called for direct military assistance to Ukraine’s badly stretched armed forces, which are battling pro-Russian rebels on three fronts in eastern Ukraine. But officials said a decision on military aid would be left to individual countries.'

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