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Threats of sanctions against Ukraine look like blackmail - Lavrov

Published time: February 20, 2014 11:24
Edited time: February 20, 2014 15:43
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Belousov)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Belousov)

Threats of sanctions against the Ukrainian government look like blackmail, and a demand for early elections is a way to force Kiev towards the EU, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The sanctions will only encourage extremists, he added.

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Lavrov on Thursday blasted the sanctions against Ukraine, some of which have already been imposed by the US, and are now being eyed by the EU, as “double standards.” Such actions will only encourage extremists to continue violence in the country, he said.

“The [Ukrainian] opposition cannot or does not want to dissociate itself from extremists. The US lays all the blame on the Ukrainian government – this is a double standard,” Lavrov said.

“The EU is also trying to discuss the imposing of sanctions, at the same time there are uninvited missions coming to Ukraine. Such actions resemble blackmail,” the minister said.

Not only are such threats “inappropriate,” but also will aggravate the conflict in Ukraine, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, has said.

There is “no doubt” there is a “plain coup attempt” going on in Ukraine, with armed rioters widely using firearms, the spokesman added.

“We strongly condemn the actions of radicals and extremists, who are mostly responsible for violence and bloody riots. Serious responsibility also lies with the opposition, who have been unable to fulfill the agreements reached with the government,” Lukashevich said.

The so-called Maidan leaders must “immediately stop bloodshed” and “continue seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis without threats or ultimatums,” he stressed.

Russia’s President Putin, in response to Yanukovich’s proposal, is going to send ombudsman Vladimir Lukin to Kiev to mediate talks between the government and the opposition, Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, after the two leaders spoke on the phone.

It’s well known that Lukin has vast diplomatic service experience, is admired among rights activists and used to lead a large opposition party,” Peskov said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukashevich said that there are plenty of “false flag reports,” such as Russian riot police taking part in quelling the riots, which are distributed over social networks and by “some politicians.”

“As regards to the accusations of Russia, there is a proverb saying that guilty mind is never at ease. We are deeply concerned with what is happening and how the Western states are commenting on it and are trying to affect it. In Western media, the situation is presented in an extremely perverted way, some simple mantras are hammered into heads like that the West is calling on the government to keep its hands off Maidan,” Lavrov said.

However, the Western politicians and media prefer not to go into detail on what is happening on Maidan.

“Police pelted with Molotov cocktails, the killings, the seizure of buildings – none of that is being commented on or explained,” the minister said.

The individual sanctions that the US and the EU are trying to impose are “absolutely illegitimate” from the point of view of the international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The only legitimate sanctions can be imposed by the UN Security Council, the ministry stressed.

Another senior Russian diplomat said that an information war has begun in Ukraine creating a dangerous situation.

Invented stories about mass hostage taking and murders are being spread via social networking services. All this creates a very dangerous atmosphere,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin told Rossiya 24 TV channel on Thursday. The official, who is currently on a working visit to Kiev, saidthe issue was discussed during his meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara.

Comments (80)

 

Altantsetseg Myagmar 22.03.2014 14:53

Russia is animal farm.

 

Modus Vitae 13.03.2014 10:29

And we can thank Turkey, Britain, France, America, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Israel and all their lackeys for this state of affairs in Syria, as well as Iraq where there were "weapons of mass destruction", but did not exist. Pseudo wars based on lies, when will it stop? Surely the lessons of Vietnam and Iran would have been enough to teach American policy makers of their error, or how they have betrayed allies like Greece on matters of national survival such as the waters of the Aegean, Cyprus, Northern Epirus etc... I could easily begin quoting CIA papers and other forms.

 

Modus Vitae 13.03.2014 10:20

Furthermore in Syria, to say it is a popular uprising is a lie, these foreigners have used it as a pretext for their crimes. They claim that the Sunni majority are against Assad. But the Sunni majority make up the army, the political establishment and run the country. Even Assad's opponents have joined the army to fight the jihadists, even though they hate Assad. Surely that should say something to you?! Or maybe I should take you to Maaloula, Suweida, Aleppo, Homms etc to prove it to you? The people being killed are my people, so don't say its the Russians when I can prove otherwise!

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