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PACE increasingly aware Ukraine’s authorities to blame for crisis — Pushkov

April 07, 2014, 13:16 UTC+3 STRASBOURG
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STRASBOURG, April 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Leaders of political factions at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) are beginning to understand that Ukraine's current crisis stems not from Russia's actions, but the inability of Ukraine’s current authorities to find a way out of the problematic situation, the head of Russia’s delegation to the PACE, chairman of Russia’s State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, told journalists on Monday.

“Such legislators (who share this view) are still in the minority now, since there is a group of countries and delegations in Strasbourg which are actively trying, among other things, to exclude Russia from the Assembly,” Pushkov said. “They have been doing their utmost to create the impression that Russia is the source of the crisis.”

“However, many of those we have talked to, including the heads of major parliamentary factions who have been to Kiev, admit that the situation in Ukraine is extremely difficult, and many questions and problems there are by no means Russia's fault, but a result of internal Ukrainian problems and the inability of the authorities to tackle them,” Pushkov said.

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