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Russia doesn't want to inflict itself upon Ukraine – Lavrov

February 19, 2014, 20:01 UTC+3 KUWAIT CITY

Russia will back any forms of external contribution to the settlement within the Ukrainian constitutional law

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Riots in Ukraine

Riots in Ukraine

KUWAIT CITY, February 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia does not want to inflict itself upon Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

“In the recent four months the EU and US representatives have stayed put in Ukraine. They’ve contacted the government, the opposition and radicals, according to reports. They’ve spent time on Maidan. Such mediation is harmful,” Lavrov said.

“Intrusiveness has always led to undesirable results. We’ll back any forms of external contribution to the settlement within the Ukrainian constitutional law. But it’s the power and the opposition, which represents certain groups of the population, that should decide on the country’s fate,” the Russian minister said.

Lavrov also said, “We don’t want to inflict ourselves on Ukraine as the Western partners do. We don’t advise anyone. This only does harm.”

Russia warns against attempts to impose mediation on Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“The situation should be settled within the constitutional framework. We’ve warned about such events,” the Russian minister said.

“The events in Ukraine arouse deep concern. We’ve warned about such development of events. Unfortunately, the agreements, which were reached earlier when the Ukrainian authorities proved goodwill and the readiness for compromises, were wrecked by radical forces and the opposition,” he said.

“When these forces organised the attack on the parliament and were prevented from seizing it they started throwing cocktail bombs and using shotguns,” Lavrov said, adding “Their actions led to losses of lives.”

“I’ve gotten information saying radicals have grenade launchers. Radicals continue the attempts to seize administrative buildings, military units,” he said.

“This is a coup d’etat attempt. The opposition, which gave up compromises and was unable to implement the earlier reached agreements, takes most responsibility,” Lavrov said, adding “The West encourages the opposition to the actions outside the legal environment. The West directly flirts with militants and threatens to impose sanctions.

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