The Ukrainian president's choice to opt out of a deal with the EU caught European leaders off guard, drew pro-EU Ukrainians to the streets, and increased financial pressures on the indebted country. In a snub to the president, Germany's foreign minister met with pro-EU Ukrainians Wednesday.
Richard Balmforth, Reuters,
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December 4, 2013
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Germany's foreign minister met Ukrainian opposition leaders at their protest camp in Kiev on Wednesday, in a snub to President Viktor Yanukovich, who triggered mass street demonstrations by spurning a pact with the EU and seeking closer ties with Moscow.