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PETROPAVLOVSK KAMCHATSKY, March 29ю /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has no plans or interest to cross the Ukrainian border, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sergei Brilev’s Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday) television programme on March 29.
“We have absolutely no intention or interest to cross the border with Ukraine. We only want wholeheartedly the work to be collective and the lawlessness Western countries are trying to sweep under the carpet and portray the situation in a pleasant way to be stopped and we want them to understand their responsibility,” the minister said.
“As acting Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov has said, the latest steps taken by the Ukrainian leadership aimed to disarm all those who illegally possess arms, that is, law offenders. If this is a result of our Western partners’ work, then I repeat that we are pleased with this. And we will be prepared to pool our efforts with them in order to look for joint recommendations for Ukrainians, which would call for stopping all unlawful actions and starting a deep constitutional process to reform the state,” Lavrov said.
“In his speech at the Kremlin on March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin made it clear that we were worried by the situation of Russians and Russian -speaking compatriots in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, especially now that different Right Sector and … Eastern Front groups have headed there. These are absolutely odious people. One does not have to be a physiognomist to understand their intentions. And they speak about them quite openly. Many leaked telephone calls indicate how not only Right Sector but also others are going to treat the Russians,” the minister said.
“The president of Russia urged those who hold power in Ukraine and their Western patrons to take urgent measures to stop the lawlessness. He said we would protect the rights of Russians and Russian-speaking people in Ukraine using all available political, diplomatic and legal methods. There is nothing I can add to that. This requires honest work,” he said.
“One must not say, as was the case in many other instances be it Syria, Iran or something else, that a crisis has occurred and let’s take it as it is, that Russia should settle the Syrian crisis, solve the Iranian problem, and calm down the situation in Ukraine though direct talks with the Ukrainian leadership. The West has been consistently trying to shift responsibility for working with those it has grown up and supported for the sake of its own geopolitical goals,” Lavrov said.