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MOSCOW, December 16. /ITAR-TASS/. American and European emissaries’ involvement in EuroMaidan protest actions in Kiev is a direct interference into Ukraine’s internal affairs, director of the Institute of the CIS Countries Konstantin Zatulin said.
“People, who are currently staying on Maidan, give up a dialogue. This is an attempt of ‘creeping coup d’etat’,” Zatulin said, adding “It would be stupid to dismiss Nikolai Azarov’s government under the Maidan pressure.”
“The situation is intolerant in the Ukrainian society. The Ukrainian authorities should show their capacity to settle the situation,” he said.
Commenting on the upcoming meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian president slated for December 17, Zatulin said, “The meeting will focus on concrete issues of cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union, and Russian-Ukrainian cooperation in aircraft building and missile engineering.”
Ukraine needs loans and seeks to receive them from Russia and China. “I hope that it will get them,” Zatulin said.
However, he said, “There is no need to expect Ukraine to say it will join the Customs Union after the meeting because it can lead to a new spiral of tension.”
Director of the Kiev Centre for Political and Conflict Studies Mikhail Pogrebinsky said the participation of American and European politicians in EuroMaidan protest actions “is a loutish behaviour and a direct interference into Ukraine’s internal affairs”.