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EU to consider sanctions if Kremlin doesn't step back: Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday agreed to consider sanctions on Russia if it does not take steps to defuse the crisis in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said. "The EU not only asked Russia to de-escalate the situation in Crimea, but said that if Russia does not do that, the EU would consider imposing sanctions," he told Polish broadcaster Polsat News from Brussels. (Reporting by Pawel Bernat; Writing by Christian Lowe)

Polish FM cuts short Iran visit to tackle Crimea crisis

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski cut short a visit to Iran on Saturday to handle the deepening crisis in Crimea after pro-Russian gunmen seized the government and parliament buildings. "I have to shorten my visit to Iran due to the developments in Crimea and return to Poland," Sikorski told a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. "The situation is getting more critical in Crimea." Sikorski arrived in Iran on Friday for what had been scheduled as a four-day visit, including a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Polish FM cuts short Iran visit to tackle Crimea crisis

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski cut short a visit to Iran on Saturday to handle the deepening crisis in Crimea after pro-Russian gunmen seized the government and parliament buildings. "I have to shorten my visit to Iran due to the developments in Crimea and return to Poland," Sikorsi told a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. "The situation is getting more critical in Crimea." Sikorsi arrived in Tehran on Friday for what had been scheduled as a four-day visit.

Russia played constructive role in Ukraine agreement: Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) - The Russian representative at negotiations between Ukraine's president and the opposition played a constructive role in achieving an agreement, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Friday. Sikorski, who was one of the EU delegates at the talks, told a news conference in Warsaw that the Russian official, Vladimir Lukin, made interventions during the marathon talks which eased the path towards an agreement. (Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Writing by Christian Lowe)

EU ministers to meet protesters, opposition

KIEV (Reuters) - European Union ministers will hold new talks with Ukrainian opposition leaders and representatives of anti-government protesters on Friday, in an apparent new effort to secure an agreement to resolve the country's crisis. The Ukrainian authorities had expected a deal to be signed at noon (0500 ET) but the signing did not take place.

Ukraine negotiations pause: Polish foreign minister, source

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Friday that talks on Ukraine's crisis had broken up on Friday after an all-night session, and a European diplomatic source said they would resume later in the day. "After negotiations through the night, talks ended at 7:20 (0520 GMT)," Sikorski said via his Twitter account. (Reporting by Adrian Krajewski)

EU Kiev talks show progress but 'differences remain': Polish FM

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said Thursday that strides have been made towards resolving the Ukraine crisis through EU talks in Kiev, where an escalation of clashes between anti-government protesters and police left dozens dead. "After talks with the Opposition, on the way back to the President to help negotiations. Progress made but important differences remain," Sikorski, one of three EU envoys in Kiev, said on Twitter. amj/dh

EU envoys to continue Kiev talks through the night: Polish official

WARSAW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from France, Germany and Poland will continue talks with Ukrainian officials and opposition leaders through the night, a Polish foreign ministry spokesman said. The three ministers "are extending their stay in Kiev to tomorrow. We face a night of difficult negotiations," spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski, who is in Kiev with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, wrote in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Pawel Bernat; Writing by Christian Lowe)

Polish foreign minister says heading to Kiev at EU's request

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said on Wednesday he would be travelling to Kiev soon at the request of the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. Sikorski, who made the announcement on Twitter, did not say when he would be making the trip. The Ukrainian capital has been the scene of violent clashes between police and opposition protesters that have killed dozens of people. (Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Karolina Slowikowska)

Polish foreign minister says heading to Kiev at EU's request

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said on Wednesday he would be travelling to Kiev soon at the request of the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. Sikorski, who made the announcement on Twitter, did not say when he would be making the trip. The Ukrainian capital has been the scene of violent clashes between police and opposition protesters that have killed dozens of people. (Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Karolina Slowikowska)
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