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見出し:European Union Suspends Talks With Ukraine Over Trade Deal

KIEV, Ukraine — The European Union on Sunday broke off(を中断した)talks with Ukraine on the far-reaching(広範囲にわたる)trade deal that protesters here have been demanding for weeks, and a top official issued a stinging(とげのある), angry statement all but accusing Ukraine’s president of dissembling(しらばくれたとして)during the negotiations.

The bloc’s enlargement chief, Stefan Fule, wrote on Twitter that the words and deeds of the president, Viktor F. Yanukovich, were “growing further and further apart,” even as the Ukrainian crisis was showing signs of deepening. On Sunday, about a 100,000 protesters clogged(をふさいだ)a main plaza and surrounding streets, rivaling(に匹敵する)earlier weekend rallies in size.

The statement by Mr. Fule, coming amid this protest, sent a pointed message to the crowd that Ukraine’s government might well have to change before the European Union agreement can be revived.

Mr. Fule said that further discussions on the trade agreement would hinge(・・・次第である)on receiving clear signals from Ukraine’s government, but that he had received no response. “Work on hold,” he wrote in his Twitter post, saying he had told a Ukrainian deputy prime minister, Sergei Arbuzov, that the government had to show “a clear commitment to sign.”

Officials in Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union’s executive arm(部門), the European Commission, confirmed the decision to suspend the talks with Ukraine.

After years of negotiations with Brussels, Mr. Yanukovich was to sign the European Union association agreement late last month, but then he announced that he would not because austerity(厳格さ)measures demanded in a related International Monetary Fund loan were too stringent(厳しい)and because Russia had threatened trade sanctions.

His government began talks on rival trade and economic deals with Russia, even as Mr. Yanukovich insisted he intended eventually(結局は)to sign the European Union deal.

Perplexed(困惑して), high-level Western diplomats traveled to Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, last week. Mr. Yanukovich told the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and an assistant secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, that he intended to sign the European trade deal, and would not join the rival Russian-backed customs union.

Ms. Ashton, after returning from her mission to Ukraine, said in Brussels on Thursday that she had assurances from the president of his intention to sign.

“Yanukovich made it clear to me that he intends to sign the association agreement,” she said.

By Friday, though, the Ukrainian government had again issued orders to ministers to plan to reconcile(を一致させる)Ukrainian customs and trade legislation with the Russian-led customs union, not the European Union, the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda reported, adding to a sense of drift in the government all the more ominous(険悪な) for the large, sustained(維持された)protests in the capital.

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, both members of the Foreign Relations Committee, appeared onstage at Independence Square and expressed American solidarity(結束)with the protesters’ goals.

“We are here to support your just cause(大義名分): the sovereign(統治)right of Ukrainians to determine your own destiny,” said Mr. McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee, to much applause. He added: “The destiny you seek lies in Europe. Ukraine will make Europe better, and Europe will make Ukraine better.”

At a news conference later, Mr. McCain and Mr. Murphy said the Senate would consider imposing sanctions against the Ukrainian government should there be any further violence against protesters. Mr. Murphy said he had accompanied Mr. McCain here to show that there was bipartisan(超党派の)support for the Ukrainian demonstrators, and he said he was impressed by the peaceful nature of the rally.

While Mr. McCain chastised(を厳しく非難した)Russia for its role in derailing(頓挫させる) Ukraine’s plans to sign the trade and political accords with Europe, describing it as interference in Ukraine’s sovereign affairs, he said he saw no contradiction in standing onstage before a crowd that had called for the ouster of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government. He called it “my duty to speak out” on behalf of the Ukrainian people and human rights.

Mr. Murphy also said it was clear that the protest movement had staying power. “We understand protesters on the square won’t go away until there are real reforms proposed by this government, or another government,” he said.

Supporters of the political party of Vitali Klitschko, a champion boxer, marched to the headquarters of the Ukrainian national police, the S.B.U., where they pooled in front of the building and chanted, “Shame! Shame!” Others went to the Interior Ministry and central election office.

Adding to tension in the capital on Sunday, Mr. Yanukovich’s political party, the Party of Regions, bused(バスで行った)in thousands of supporters from provincial towns to gather in a park about a mile from Independence Square, placing the two large crowds in proximity(近いこと)and raising the prospect that groups from each camp would be in the streets overnight.

Organizers of the pro-government rally said buses and trains chartered by the Party of Regions brought in thousands of people, mostly young men, on Sunday morning. They included coal miners and laborers from the eastern Ukrainian industrial heartlands(中心地域).

Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the leader in Parliament of the opposition Fatherland party and one of the main protest organizers, told members of the huge crowd that they would need to be especially vigilant(油断のない)on Tuesday, when Mr. Yanukovich planned to meet President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

The two leaders have been in talks regarding economic aid, but many in the opposition are deeply fearful that Mr. Yanukovich is prepared to make a deal that would commit Ukraine to joining the customs union that Russia has created with Kazakhstan and Belarus. Such a step, they fear, would close the door to a trade agreement with Europe — at least for the near future.