KYIV (QHA) - As reported, Ukraine is hosting top foreign diplomats while protests continue over the government's rejection of an agreement on closer ties with the EU. Western diplomats, attending the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) foreign ministers' meeting in Kyiv on December 5, urged the government to respect the protests, RFE/RL informs. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said the government should "listen to the voices of its people." "This is Ukraine's moment to meet the aspirations of its people or to disappoint them and risk descending into chaos and violence. What happens here matters to all of us and to this organization," Nuland added. "And the voices of the Ukrainian people today echo those of so many who came before them, here and in other parts of the OSCE space throughout this organization's history." Nuland is representing the United States after Secretary of State John Kerry skipped the meeting. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, in an apparent reference to Russia, denounced as "simply unacceptable" what he called "the threats and the use of economic pressure" on Ukraine.

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