Russia Calls for Non-Interference in Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the "aggressive" protesters in Ukraine, as well as the Western countries condemning police violence in Kiev.
Lavrov spoke at a NATO Foreign Ministers conference Wednesday.
"We hope Ukrainian politicians will resolve the difficult situation in the state peacefully. We call on other countries not to interfere," stressed Lavrov.
"I am bewildered by the reason behind the aggressive actions of part of the Ukrainian opposition," Sergei Lavrov stated during a press conference in Brussels.
A few days ago, NATO condemned police violence in Ukraine and their use of batons and teargas to disperse pro-EU demonstrators in Kiev.
The Ukrainian army will not be used to counter act protests in the country, announced Ukraine's Ministry of Defense in an official statement Tuesday, after media reports in the previous days alleging that army units were mobilized to be deployed against massive anti-cabinet rallies in capital Kiev.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense further rejected all calls, coming from anti-protest organizations, for the deployment of the army, saying that such a move is ruled out, being anti-constitutional in the case of internal political struggles.
Thousands of citizens and university students have been staging mass rallies for over a week in Kiev against their President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign the Association Agreement with the EU.
Rallies have been reported in Odessa, Lvov, and other cities.
Ukraine made the decision on the EU deal nearly two weeks ago, saying it could not afford to break ties with Moscow. Russia is trying to bring Kiev into its own customs union
The signing of the association agreement was set for November 29 in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
Last Friday - as Yanukovych attended the EU summit and refused to sign the agreement - about 10 000 demonstrators took to Independence Square, carrying Ukrainian and EU flags and chanting "Ukraine is Europe".
At dawn Saturday morning, riot police, dispersed the remaining demonstrators with batons and teargas and pushed them out of the central Maiadan square.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainians rallied again on Sunday despite a new government ban on protests in the city center until January 7, 2014.
The rally proceeded peacefully until a group of protesters tried to storm the nearby presidential administration building with an excavator, causing riot police to use teargas, batons and flash grenades to disperse them.
Another group tried to topple a monument of Lenin in downtown Kiev.
Dozens of people injured in the clashes were taken away by ambulance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, said events in Ukraine seemed "more like a porom than a revolution."
Putin blamed "outside actors" for the protests, which he pointed out, were an attempt to unsettle Ukraine's "legitimate" rulers.
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Glad to hear You, Peter. "While Your suggestion", I wrote, not "while You tell" ;-). To the Ukrainian events: ooh, those Ukrainians ;-)...btw, they've been never afraid to voice their opposition to everything, including their govts;-)
What I mean is that ANY protest is to be civilized and peaceful; and, sure, FOREIGN interference/pressure is absolutely inadmissible, neither from Russia, nor from EU/USA. Meanwile what we see right now is just interference
and gross pressure.
Sa-sha, what I said was "It is quite possible though that Russia has already intervened" not quite what you quoted me as saying. Anyway, glad to be crossing swords with you again. Back to the issue though it seems as though the people are talking with their obvious demonstrations against the government move. Seems to me that this government who was elected under a cloud will have a similar problem to that of the present Bulgarian government. The people are talking and are no longer afraid to voice their opposition to governments they see as unrepresentative.
And You, Peter? ;-)...Look, the unpecedented EU/USA' pressure on Ukrainian auhorities in order to force them to sign Association Agreement (thumbed through it, Peter?)+participation in the anti-govt (non too peaceful, btw) meetings in Kiev +instructing the oppositionists (in USA embassy in Kiev, in particular) + money to oppositionists... all this is FACT, fact of the real interference into home affairs of the sovereign state, while Your suggestion that "Russia has already intervened" is NOT a fact, right? And also: how to explain the EU politicians' pressure? What type of "grips" are they in? "Fresh style colonialism politicking", may be? ;-)
As for "Ukraine PM threatening the pro EU parts of his country..."---story is very simple, Peter: the local govts of three western regions (Ivano-Frankovsk, Ternopol, Lvov) declared "an indefinite strike" [btw, Peter, such "strikes" of the local govts are strictly prohibited by Ukrainian laws]. It provoqued the absolutely correct PM Azarov' remark: "You deprive people of money. If You are on strike, how and to whom to transfer money?
You merely risk not to receive them". Info, Peter, info....or misinfo ;-)
It is quite possible though that Russia has already intervened by putting pressure on Ukraine or maybe even used bribery (careful not to add corruption at this stage). As for the Ukraine PM threatening the pro EU parts of his country with being cut out of the state budget seems to me to be proof that this country is still in the grips of old style communist politicking.