UK, Poland and Sweden propose sending EU police mission to Ukraine
French lieutenant-colonel Francois Guillerme has said 55 French gendarmes have arrived in Bangui in the first deployment of the EU's peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, AFP reports. The mission, backed by 12 EU states and Georgia, is to have 600 or more personnel when fully operational.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday told the Bundestag that Russia is "unfortunately not contributing to de-escalating the situation" in eastern Ukraine. She said Ukraine has the right to determine its own future and EU-IMF loans must be disbursed as quickly as possible after Russia raised Ukraine's gas prices.