Berlin 'deeply concerned' about Ukraine tension
AFP/The Local · 28 Feb 2014, 11:36
Published: 28 Feb 2014 11:36 GMT+01:00
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On Thursday German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the West and Russia should not fight each other over Ukraine's future.
As tensions mount between western powers, which backed the ousting of Yanukovych, and Russia, which is now housing him, divisions within Ukraine between pro-Russians in the east and backers of the uprising have also come to a head.
Steinmeier also highlighted the need for the country's interim government to represent all Ukrainians.
"It's now up to the new government to ensure and prove that it is a government for all Ukrainians, in the north, south, east and west and that it will work together with international institutions and its neighbours to achieve financial stability in the country,” he said.
Ukraine's economy is on the brink of default - and Germany is keen for international powers to work together to re-establish fiscal stability there.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), whose help Ukraine has previously rejected because of terms it considered unfavourable, is likely to play a pivotal role in re-shaping the country's economy.
Steinmeier highlighted the organization's importance ahead of Friday's meeting with IMF head Christine Lagarde. "Ukraine cannot afford to run out of steam in the short-term," he said.
But both leaders also spoke in favour of Russia playing a role in re-stabilizing the country's finances.
"We're calling on Russia to play a part in efforts to provide economic stability because it's to nobody's advantage if the country goes bankrupt," Steinmeier said.