Emergency EU ministers’ meeting expected over Ukraine
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton - REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS:  The European Union’s foreign ministers are expected to hold a new round of emergency talks on Ukraine within days, EU diplomats told AFP on Saturday.

“There is talk of a meeting early next week,” said a senior diplomat who asked not to be identified as another EU official said the talks would “probably” be convened on Monday by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ministers scrambled to meet as the world watched with alarm as Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the upper house of parliament’s approval for the use of Russian troops in Ukraine and Kiev accused Moscow of sending thousands of soldiers into Crimea.

The meeting would be the second round of Ukraine crisis talks gathering the bloc’s 28 diplomatic chiefs in less than two weeks after they agreed at an emergency meeting Feb. 20 to impose sanctions on members of the Viktor Yanukovych regime deemed responsible for deaths and repression on the streets.

The move came on the eve of Yanukovych’s ouster.

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