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March 6, 2014

UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 06, 2014

UKRAINE-DIPLOMACY

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are holding an emergency meeting to decide on imposing sanctions against Russia over its interference in Ukraine. By Juergen Baetz and Raf Casert. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1000 GMT; 800 words by 1500 GMT. Photos.

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UKRAINE

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Crimea’s new leader says pro-Russian forces numbering more than 11,000 controlled all access to Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and have blockaded all military bases that have not yet surrendered. The West has joined the new Ukrainian leadership in Kiev in demanding that Russia pull its forces from Crimea, but little progress was reported after a flurry of diplomatic activity in Paris on Wednesday. By Yuras Karmanau. SENT: 300 words, developing.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE

MOSCOW — Germany’s vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, expected to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Russian gas supplies to Europe at meetings with President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials. Russia’s parliament also to meet on Ukraine.

RUSSIA-UNEASY NEIGHBORS

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has sought to lure Russia’s ex-Soviet neighbors into the Eurasian Union, a prospective alliance that many in the United States and elsewhere see as an attempt to rebuild the Soviet empire. A look at this alliances and ex-Soviet nations attitude to Putin’s overtures. By Vladimir Isachenkov. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1000 GMT.

FRANCE-PRESIDENT’S AFFAIR

NANTERRE, France — French actress Julie Gayet takes a gossip magazine to court outside Paris over a report saying she is having an affair with President Francois Hollande. 300 words by 1600GMT, video.

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank’s governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.

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