7 March 2014, 16:54

EU advocates investigation of reports about killings by snipers in Kiev - Ashton

EU advocates investigation of reports about killings by snipers in Kiev - Ashton

After the declaration of the negotiations about snipers in the Maidan, the spokeswoman for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said that the European Union supported the investigation of killings by snipers in Kiev.

"We want to investigate violence and killings. We want the perpetrators to stand trial," Maja Kocijancic said in response to a question regarding what the EU's attitude was to the fact that the snipers who had been shooting at people in Independence Square could have been hired by the opposition, ITAR-TASS reports.

Let's remind that on March 5, a recording of the conversation between Catherine Ashton and Foreign Minister of Estonia, Urmas Paet, appeared on the Internet, which, as follows from the description, was at the disposal of employees of the security service of Ukraine.

In the course of the conversation, two European politicians discuss their impressions of the situation in Ukraine. During the conversation, Urmas Paet also mentions that the snipers, who were shooting at people in Kiev, were associated with the leaders of the Maidan. In addition, Paet says that all the evidence shown to him testifies that both the protesters and law enforcement officers were killed by the same snipers.

The Estonian Foreign Ministry later confirmed the authenticity of the recording, but the European party refused to comment on it.

Yesterday, the Russian authorities announced their intention to check the facts from the telephone conversation between Ashton and Paet. MPs are preparing an appeal to the EU to create a Commission in order to investigate the killings in the Maidan and the Ukrainian opposition's involvement in them.

Russia hopes UN will help launch probe into Kiev snipers row - Russia's UN envoy

Russia hopes that UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and UN Human Rights Commissioner Ivan Simonovic, currently in Ukraine, will persuade the authorities in Kiev to investigate reports concerning snipers thought to be responsible for several deaths on Kiev’s streets during the recent unrest, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told the media on Thursday.

"I hope that Mr. Simonivic and also Mr Eliasson will be able to encourage such an investigation," Churkin said. He voiced the hope that Simonivic during his visit to Ukraine would meet with people who would outline their understanding of the human rights situation in the country.

According to a leaked conversation between Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton, which emerged online last Wednesday, Ukrainian medics who had examined the bodies of those killed, both police and civilians, during unrest in central Kiev, arrived at some stunning conclusions.

In part, Paet said, "there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition."

"I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting," Ashton answered.

Russia surprised at refusal of EU representatives to comment on Ashton talk on Ukraine snipers

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has paid attention to the audio record of the talk between the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet about the situation in Ukraine, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We have paid attention to this audio record, and we are surprised to hear that the EU refuses to give its commentary on that score. As you know, some time ago the high-ranking representatives of the EU member countries actively commented on the audio record of Victoria Nuland," a Foreign Ministry official said .

Earlier a remark appeared on the Facebook page of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which said: "As it appears, the European Union is well aware of the fact that the Ukrainian opposition backed the snipers on the Maidan Square!"

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Voice of Russia, RT, TASS

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