Spokesperson of the EU High Representative for the common foreign and security policy Maja Kocijančič said this to Interfax when asked to comment on the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, in which Russian Ministry expressed its expectations for harsh reaction of the EU in response to military actions of the Ukrainian army in the east, Censor.NET reports
"Ukraine has the right to take legal action to defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens, with full respect for its international obligations. The duty of Ukraine is to protect law and order within its borders, keeping a balanced approach protecting the lives of citizens in particular," she said. Kocijančič noted that the EU continues to support the peace plan of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and remains committed to any efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis on the basis of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
"We hope that all those responsible for the situation in the area will create the right conditions to allow the resumption of a ceasefire and possibly the return of the citizens in eastern Ukraine to normal life," the spokesperson said. Censor.NET previously reported that the Foreign Ministry asks the West once again not to delay sanctions against Russia.