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EU backs four-way Ukraine talks as it weighs fresh sanctions

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center, speaks with a group of European foreign ministers during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center, speaks with a group of European foreign ministers during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, speaks withGreek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, speaks withGreek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, center, speaks with, from left, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and Malta's Foreign Minister George Vella during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, center, speaks with, from left, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and Malta's Foreign Minister George Vella during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

European Union foreign ministers have thrown their weight behind fresh diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine as they assess whether to expand the EU sanctions list targeting separatists and Russian nationals.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Monday that he hoped the peace talks "will help to get a real cease-fire in place, and above all a control over this cease-fire."

He spoke in Brussels as EU foreign ministers met to decide whether to add 19 more individuals, including 5 Russians, to a sanctions list linked to the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are due to hold talks Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus.