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Upper house of Russian parliament voices concern about situation in Ukraine

January 29, 2014, 12:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Legislators believe that the well-organized “campaign is aimed at discrediting and overthrowing the legitimate power”
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MOSCOW, January 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The Federation Council, upper house of Russia’s parliament, has voiced concern about the situation in Ukraine.

The upper house passed a statement to this effect at a plenary session on Wednesday.

“Mass riots, which were incited by the opposition, have nothing in common with peaceful protest actions,” the statement says.

Legislators believe that the well-organized “campaign is aimed at discrediting and overthrowing the legitimate power.”

“Riots and arson actions in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities, the assault of administrative buildings and aggressive actions against law enforcers have been approved by those who took people to streets,” the statement says.

At present, “the country is going through the deepest political crisis, which will have heavy consequences for the Ukrainian people, the statehood and territorial integrity”, legislators said.

The Federation Council voices special concern about the opposition’s attempts to set the interests of some Ukrainian regions to the others by wrecking stability in the Ukrainian society. Many Russian regions, which maintain years-long and multilateral contacts with Ukrainian regions, arouse concern about the events that can have a negative impact on prospects for interregional and border cooperation, the document says.

Russian legislators expressed “bewilderment and indignation about the statements by certain Western politicians, who interfere into Ukraine’s internal affairs and fuel destabilization in the country”.

The Federation Council called for stopping undisguised intervention into the affairs of the sovereign state.

The upper house strongly condemns violence, nationalism and xenophobia and urges all political forces to search for ways to stop confrontation by constructive dialogue. Legislators believe that this should be done without any ultimatums and pressure. “It is important that the power and the opposition worked out a positive scenario for overcoming the political crisis and resolving the existing issues,” the statement says.

The text of the statement was read out by Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Mikhail Margelov.

The Federation Council expresses confidence that the brotherly Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian leadership “will find ways to restore calm and ensure law and order in the country”.

“We watch the development of the situation. We believe that law, common sense and the care of Ukraine’s future will prevail,” Federation Council chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said while opening the spring session of the house on Wednesday.

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