Ukrainian opposition urged Merkel for sanctions against Yanukovych

18 February 2014 10:49

Ukrainian opposition leaders have met in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss Ukraine's political crisis, with Vitali Klitschko urging EU sanctions on senior officials, RFE/RL reports.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Klitschko held talks with Merkel on February 17.

Klitschko said after the meeting he urged the German chancellor to impose sanctions on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his inner circle, especially tracing banking transactions originating from Ukraine.

"I am very pleased with the course of the discussions and as a result I am hopeful that it will mean further support for Ukraine in solving its political problems. All parties are interested in this, they who would like to see Ukraine as a political and economical stable country," Klitschko told reporters.

Merkel assured Yatsenyuk and Klitschko that Germany and the European Union would do everything possible to try and assure a "positive outcome" to the crisis in Ukraine.

Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the release of jailed protesters in Ukraine and the handover of occupied buildings in Kyiv on February 16 were signs that the government and opposition can find common ground.