Ukraine: EU invites Moscow to talks on Kiev pact

BBC – The EU has said it is willing to include Russia in discussions with Kiev about a planned trade agreement that sparked the crisis in Ukraine.

European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso made the offer in a telephone call with President Putin on Friday.

EU officials said the move was “significant” and reflected a “new climate” in the negotiations.

Meanwhile, the US says it is confident that tanks being used by separatists in eastern Ukraine came from Russia.

“Russia will claim these tanks were taken from Ukrainian forces, but no Ukrainian tank units have been operating in that area,” a US state department spokesperson told press.

“We are confident that these tanks came from Russia,” she added.

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