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Russia wants to see situation in Ukraine back on constitutional track — Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the only way to reach civic peace is for the Ukrainian authorities to attentively listen to their opponents
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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MOSCOW, June 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia wants to see the situation in Ukraine to return to the constitutional track, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"The people in Russia want the situation in the neighboring country to become calm and return into the framework of the constitution. The society in Russia cannot help worrying over the developments in Ukraine because the Ukrainian people are the most close nation to Russia, no matter whatever propaganda might say. We have a common history and common economics despite the fact that we belong to different countries now."

"I would say more: we have a common fate."

“Therefore, we cannot help worrying over the developments which are going on there. But what is going on? It is civil war," Medvedev stressed.

"All of us want the situation to go back into the framework of the constitution and want people who make decisions in Ukraine to heed the voice of the people who have a different idea of what life in Ukraine should be like," the prime minister said.

"Only in that case the situation might be calmed down, the life of children and old people saved and civic peace and peaceful future ensured," Medvedev said.

The tragic developments in Ukraine is the "pain endured by an enormous number of our citizens, our people.

Russia hopes that the Ukrainian authorities will attentively listen to their opponents, because it is the only way to establish civic peace, the prime minister added.

Dmitry Medvedev has put the blame for the bloodshed in Ukraine on all the leaders of Ukraine. "I do not mean anyone in particular; all the leaders of Ukraine, including its former and current leaders, are responsible for what is going on in Ukraine now. A considerable share of responsibility rests with all those who built up tension in Kiev and abetted coup carried out there in the beginning of this year," Medvedev said at a meeting with members of the United Russia party in the Republic of Mariy El on Tuesday.

"No matter whatever the attitude to the former Ukrainian authorities, including president Yanukovych, might have been, they were a legitimate power in Ukraine who had the necessary level of legitimacy. Yanukovych was ousted illegally, and all these dramatic developments began after his expulsion."

"If it had not been for the position assumed by certain states, which, in fact, abetted the coup, the situation might have been normalized. In that case normal presidential and parliamentary election would have been held, but what actually happened was imposed from the outside with the use of very specific technologies."

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