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Russia holds talks with US, EU on peaceful settlement in Ukraine

March 13, 2014, 15:50 UTC+3 DUSHANBE

Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko says

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Valentina Matviyenko (right)

Valentina Matviyenko (right)

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DUSHANBE, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is holding and will hold talks with the USA and the EU in order to find ways to settle the situation in Ukraine by peaceful means, Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko said.

"Russia takes Ukraine personally. Problems in Ukraine cannot be solved without Russia’s participation because our border is of 2,000 kilometres. The unstable situation in Ukraine can spread to our border regions”, Matviyenko said.

“Anyone believes that there are only the US geopolitical interests. They played ‘the Ukrainian card’ to be closer to Russia’s borders,” the Federation Council speaker said, adding, “Western countries gave guarantees to Russia during the collapse of the USSR.”

“And where are people who gave us guarantees? They said they would prevent NATO’s enlargement to the East,” Matviyenko said.

“Thus, we face political hypocrisy when NATO seeks to move to our borders,” she said.

“One cannot talk with Russia by using the language of threats,” Matviyenko said.

At the same time, she said Russia would continue talks with the West. “Now we are holding talks with the US and the EU. We continue the talks to find a peaceful solution,” she said, adding, “It is very important that peace and calm reigned in Ukraine."

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