Ukranian president meets with predecessors in bid to defuse crisis

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Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has met three of the country’s former presidents.

It’s part of an attempt to negotiate between the government and the demonstrators, between those who favour closer EU ties and those who want a strong relationship with Russia.

Yanukovych says there’s a middle way

“I am strongly against opposing relations with Europe in favour of relations with Russia and vice versa. We need to find a way to co-exist. I think Europe will sleep peacefully in warmth if Ukraine has good relations with Russia, if there aren’t any conflicts like when the gas was turned off.”

Meanwhile Euronews has been speaking exclusively with former Ukranian president Viktor Yushenko.

He says it’s time both sides began to talk. “I think the authorities will not use force. The government will move towards dialogue. What’s needed now is political energy.”

Yushenko added “the situation at Independence Square will gradually diminish, it won’t remain as strong and as powerful as it was last Sunday.”

Nonetheless, at Independence Square there is no sign of weakening, and with police reluctant to make any moves, for the time being, the protesters stay.

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