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Attempts to force artificial choice between Russia and EU split Ukraine - Putin

Published time: June 27, 2014 09:50
Edited time: June 27, 2014 11:51
Local residents react as they stand near destroyed houses and vehicles after what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk June 9, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Local residents react as they stand near destroyed houses and vehicles after what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk June 9, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Efforts to make Ukraine choose between Europe and Russia have led to the country being split, President Vladimir Putin said, adding that eastern Ukraine is facing “a real humanitarian catastrophe.”

An anti-constitutional coup in Kiev, attempts to force upon the Ukrainian people an artificial choice between Europe and Russia have pushed society towards discord and painful inner struggle,” Putin said.

The president has called on Ukraine to ensure a long-term ceasefire between government troops and self-defense forces in the eastern regions, which would enable the parties in the conflict to finally to hold peace talks.

"Ukraine should embark on the path of peace, dialogue and accord,” Putin said. “The priority is to conduct substantial talks between the authorities in Kiev and the southeast."

The Russian president’s call for a prolonged ceasefire comes 10 hours before the current temporary truce expires.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday there was a possibility for the truce to be extended.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Putin emphasized that ordinary people are the main victims of the ongoing Ukrainian conflict.

"Blood is being spilt in the south-east of the country, a real humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding, tens of thousands of refugees are being forced to seek refuge in Russia, journalists on their professional duties are dying or being persecuted, diplomats are being attacked in violation to all norms and conventions, as was the case with the Russian embassy in Kiev and general consulate in Odessa.”

The number of Ukrainian refugees in Russia has reached 110,000 people, while the 54,400 others have been internally displaced, according to the most recent data by the UN’s refugee department.

Eastern Ukraine's residents crowd at a temporary facility for Ukrainian refugees in the southern Russian Rostov region on June 21, 2014 (AFP Photo / Andrey Kronberg)

On Friday, Ukraine signed the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, exactly eight months after President Yanukovich rejected the plan in favor of trilateral talks with Russia.

The Kremlin reacted to the news by saying it was Ukraine’s sovereign right to sign this type of agreement, but if the deal does harm to the Russian market, Moscow will take measures to defend its economic interests.

We’ll do everything that’s needed to protect our economy,” Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson said.

Earlier, President Putin explained in the event of the EU and Ukraine signing an economic deal, Moscow won’t be able to keep Ukrainian exports to Russia zero-rated.

"It has nothing to do with the politics, or with a choice of one or another state – every sovereign state has the right to choose its own path," Putin said.

Comments (156)

 

Robert Miller 10.07.2014 22:32

This is a tragedy of Tolstoy proportions! All caused by Putin's insistence that the Ukraine choose either the EU and friendly relations with the West or Russia, rather than let them have good relations with both! This insistence of exclusivity has backed everybody into a friend or foe position, when todays world ought to be about Win Win relations. The West didn't insist on an either or! Putin has put Russia's relationship with the West to Cold War status!

 

Winston Blake 30.06.2014 09:29

Pan Intendyd 28.06.2014 16:35



Too bad you didn't mention gays, rosicrucianists, free masons, and the Dulles' Plan.

  


Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army... "Съ нами Богъ!"

 

Pan Intendyd 28.06.2014 16:35

LettersFromCan ada 28.06.2014 14:45

(George Soros, Rockefellers, etc...)

  


Too bad you didn't mention gays, rosicrucianists, free masons, and the Dulles' Plan.

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