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Russia bewildered that diplomat summoned to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry over statements

February 14, 2014, 16:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia's Foreign Ministry representative questions why such statements from western countries' officials remain unanswered in Kiev

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MOSCOW, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia expressed bewilderment with the fact that its diplomat has been summoned to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry over statements on the situation in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

Earlier, mass media reported that the Russian Embassy’s minister-counselor had been summoned in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to tell him about inadmissibility of his statements on Ukraine’s federalization.

“Indeed, our minister-counselor was invited to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine where its representatives expressed their claims regarding his thoughts about the situation in Ukraine outspoken during the roundtable in Kyiv “Federalization of Ukraine: from schism to unity”,” Zakharova said.

During political discussions, the minister-counselor referred to Ukrainian politicians over the crisis in Ukraine and pointed to the facts that parallel power structures, which did not subordinate to central bodies of power, were being created in several regions.

"Such claims can cause nothing but bewilderment. Within a political science discussion with reference to assessments of Ukrainian politicians was expressed a view about crisis processes going on in Ukraine and, more importantly, real facts of the current Ukrainian reality were pointed out, in particular, the establishment in several regions of parallel structures that do not conform to the central authorities, which can be interpreted as signs of federalization of Ukraine. So, where the “sedition” is?” Zakharova wonders.

In addition, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that bewilderment also caused the fact that “such a demarche by Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is being made amid almost daily dogmatic statements, recommendations, demands and direct instructions on what to do and how to live in Ukraine, voiced by high-ranking officials of different western countries and European authorities”. “All these actions for some reason remain unanswered in Kiev. The question arises, why,” Maria Zakharova added.

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