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Lavrov: attempts to decide Ukraine’s fate for Ukrainians have no future

February 13, 2014, 3:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW

“This “social engineering” is bound for poor results,” he said

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MOSCOW, February 13, 2:50 /ITAR-TASS/. The attempts to decide for Ukrainian people what their country will be like and who will be in the next government seem to have no future, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov writes in his article published in the Kommersant daily on Thursday.

“Looking at the history of development of independent Ukraine, it is clear that the attempts to specify quickly, in an instant the trend of its foreign development - towards the West or the East - have always ended in failures,” Lavrov writes.

“Thus having no future seem the attempts to decide for the people of Ukraine what their future state will be like or even who personally will be in the government.”

“This “social engineering” is bound for poor results,” he said. “Look at the consequences from outer interference in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya.”

“The latter example is connected with the situation in South Sudan - the country, which was established to a big extent due to insistence from certain influential international players. There are no reasons to hope “export of revolution” in Europe may result in anything positive,” Lavrov says.

Moscow hoped the European Union would respect the Ukrainians’ right for choosing their future. “We were unpleasantly surprised where it turned out that in the understanding of the EU and US representatives the “free” choice” had been done for Ukrainians and it meant clearly their “European future,” he said.

At the same time, Lavrov stresses “the actions of Ukraine’s anti-governmental forces have been demonstrating more actively their nationalistic, extremist moods, and the anti-Russian rhetoric of certain circles has been merging with anti-Semitic, racist slogans.”

“This means that along with the government and the opposition’s leaders, supported by Western countries, there emerge other forces, which are in fact not controlled by anyone, and which seem not to be about to follow civilised standards of behaviour.”

The Russian foreign minister continued saying “the stirring up of the situation in the country, which is situated in the centre of the European continent, is not likely to be in anybody’s interests.

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