Brussels. European Union has not considered imposing sanctions on the Ukraine but desires to be in touch with the Ukrainian authorities to aid finding a solution to the crisis. Maya Kosyanchich, spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced the news, cited by UNIAN news agency.
Gaza. A severe winter deluge enveloping much of the Eastern Mediterranean added to the woes of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, with more than 30 people injured in car crashes and as poorly built homes collapsed in the icy rain, Reuters informed.
Plovdiv. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev does not intend to veto the 2014 State Budget Act but will file a signal to the Constitutional Court over the adopted 20% fee on revenue from wind and solar power installations, Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv informed.