BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties.
At a summit in Brussels that may hand one of the Union’s top jobs to Poland’s prime minister, giving Vladimir Putin’s critics in ex-communist Eastern Europe new influence over EU policy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko received a demonstrative welcome from senior officials whom he urged to set new sanctions.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are set to end weeks of wrangling over top jobs in Brussels and agree on Saturday on who will fill key posts in EU institutions that face major challenges from a combative Russia and a stuttering economy.
A summit in Brussels that was called after a pre-vacation meeting two months ago ended in deadlock is likely, diplomats and officials said, to hand Poland’s conservative prime minister the influential role of European Council president and Italy’s little tested young foreign minister given the running of the EU’s common diplomatic efforts. But nothing is yet certain.
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine launched air strikes and a paratrooper assault against pro-Russian rebels who seized an airport on Monday, as its newly elected leader rejected any talks with “terrorists” and said a robust military campaign in the east should be able to put down a separatist revolt in “a matter of hours”.
Ukrainians rallied overwhelmingly in Sunday’s election behind Petro Poroshenko, a political veteran and billionaire owner of chocolate factories, hoping the burly 48-year-old can rescue the nation from the brink of bankruptcy, civil war and dismemberment by its former Soviet masters in the Kremlin.