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Medvedev: Ukraine should clear out its problems on its own

December 06, 2013, 13:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine should clear out its problems on its own, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday in a live interview with the major Russian television channels.

“It’s not foreigners or Russia that should clear out all of these problems, it’s the Ukrainian leadership and Ukrainian society,” he said. “As for other countries, it’s import to act respectfully.”

Medvedev cited the instances of rather inappropriate conduct.

“Our partners in the rank of foreign ministers come there and begin to communicate not only with the leaders or the opposition, which is absolutely normal, but with the crowds right in the midst of political events,” he said. “They attend the mass actions that contravene the existing rules for organizing rallies and they take part in them.”

“How would our German partners feel if the Russian foreign minister visiting Germany went to attend a gathering held in contradiction of Germany’s regulations?” Medvedev asked. “I don’t think they would sum it up as a friendly or correct step.”

“A decision on where Ukraine should be and what it should do is to be taken by the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian leadership as well as the government, which the people created,” he said. “It’s their prerogative and let them resolve all is on their own.”

“However, what’s happening in Ukraine doesn’t leave us indifferent because the people very close to ourselves live there and Ukraine is a very important trade and economic partner for us, as much as we are for Ukraine,” he said.

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