U.S state department said it is considering all options, including sanctions, towards Ukraine as the political crisis there continues. It follows attempts by riot police to dislodge anti-government protesters from their strongholds in the capital.
The weeks of demonstrations in the center of Kiev have paralyzed this country of 46 million people.
Both EU foreign policy chief " Catherine Ashton " and U.S Assistant Secretary of State " Victoria Nuland " were in Kiev on Wednesday and met protesters as well as members of President Victor Yanukovych's government.
American State department spokesperson " Jen Psaki "said that "w are considering policy options... sanctions are included but I am not going to outline specifics " , adding " there is a range of options that we are open to, but we are not at that point at this stage " .