BBC News on August 30, 2014, reported that European Union foreign ministers have expressed “deep concern” at Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine”, as the bloc’s leaders prepare to consider new sanctions on the Moscow government. Excerpts below:

Speaking after the ministerial meeting in Milan, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Aston urged Russia to “withdraw its forces from Ukraine”.

…Ms Ashton said there was “deep concern” over “direct aggression by Russian forces”. She called on Russia to stop the flow of arms, equipment and personnel into Ukraine.

In Brussels European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso warned Russia that the EU was ready to “stand by its principles” and called for a political solution before the crisis reached a “point of no return”.

He was speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is due to attend the EU leaders’ summit later on Saturday.

Mr Poroshenko said Ukraine was a victim of “military aggression and terror” involving “thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks”.

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