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France to summon Ukraine envoy over violence

France to summon Ukraine envoy over violence

PanARMENIAN.Net - France will summon Ukraine's ambassador in Paris over recent violence in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday, Jan 24, according to Reuters.

"I have given instructions to the foreign ministry to summon the Ukrainian ambassador in France today which is a gesture to show France's condemnation (of the situation)," Fabius said on i>TELE television.

French President Francois Hollande condemned Thursday violence against what he called "peaceful protesters" in Ukraine, urging authorities to find a compromise to end the crisis.

"I call on Ukrainian authorities to rapidly seek dialogue," Hollande's office said in a statement, adding that the European Union remained ready to work on an association agreement for closer ties with Ukraine.

Protests against the four-year rule of President Viktor Yanukovich took off in November after Ukraine dropped out of a free-trade deal with the European Union, agreeing on a $15- billion bailout from Russia.

The protests turned more violent on Sunday, as clashes between hard-core radicals and riot police killed three people on the side of the protesters and injured 150 policemen.

"A big country like Ukraine, which aspires to play a full role on the European and international scenes, should put an end to such actions," Hollande said in the statement, adding his voice to the alarm expressed by European authorities.

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