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Russian FM urges US to think about consequences of appeasing neo-fascists in Ukraine

March 11, 2014, 22:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 11, 22:35 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged the United States to start thinking about what consequences the U.S. commitment to financial assistance to neo-fascist radicals in Ukraine and appeasement to their actions could have for the country’s future.

“We have paid special attention to what President Viktor Yanukovich said in his statement made in Rostov-on-Don on March 11, namely that U.S. administration’s plans to allocate 1 billion dollars to the current authorities in Kiev were contradicting the existing U.S. laws,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The thing is that several years ago the United States amended its 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, which now bans financial assistance to the government of any country whose legitimately elected president has been overthrown as a result of a military coup or any unlawful decision. This norm is contained in section 22, paragraph 8422 of the United States Code.

“That is why the allocation of funds to any illegitimate regime that takes over power by force is unlawful and goes beyond the framework of the U.S. judicial system,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

Moscow understands that Washington is unlikely to change its stance and admit the obvious. “The U.S. administration will apparently go ahead with turning a blind eye on the stranglehold of ultra-nationalist forces in Kiev that have launched a hunt on dissidents across the country. They are exerting pressure on the Russian-speaking population (in Ukraine) and are threatening our compatriots in Crimea with reprisals for their desire to self-determination,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

“However, those who are making decisions in the United States should think about the consequences of unabashed appeasement and financial support of radical Nazi elements in Ukraine,” the Ministry stressed.

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