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Ukraine government doesn't rule out discussing snap polls

Ukraine government doesn't rule out discussing snap polls Ukraine government doesn't rule out discussing snap polls
The government of Ukraine does not rule out discussing snap elections with the opposition, a high-ranking official said ahead of a meeting of top European diplomats in Kiev Thursday, AFP reports.
"We have to hold negotiations," said First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov when asked by Ukrainian Channel 5 late Wednesday if he considers snap parliamentary and presidential elections a solution to the ongoing standoff by pro-EU demonstrators across the country. "Then, when there are official proposals, (we have to) discuss them," he said. Arbuzov, 37, is seen as a key member of the so-called "Family" of close allies around President Viktor Yanukovych who have a strong influence on his decision-making. The comments came after nearly two weeks of protests in Ukraine against the decision by the government not to sign a key political and trade agreement with the EU. On Thursday, European diplomats were set to hold a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Ukrainian capital. Yanukovych meanwhile is absent on a state visit to China.