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Russia says US "rudely interfered" in Ukraine’s affairs by backing coup

May 07, 2015, 14:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The US leadership ignored Moscow’s repeated warning that shattering the fragile inter-political balance in Ukraine would result in the emergence of a serious hotbed of instability in Europe

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foreign flags seen at Independence Square in Kiev (archive)

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MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. The US policy in Ukraine was of a clearly destructive character over the past year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday in its report on Russia’s foreign policy in 2014 published on the ministry’s website.

"The White House rudely interfered in the inter-Ukrainian affairs by orchestrating and supporting an anti-constitutional coup d’etat in Kiev relying on the ultranationalist and neo-Nazi forces," the report reads.

The US leadership ignored Moscow’s repeated warning that shattering the fragile inter-political balance in Ukraine would result in the emergence of a serious hotbed of instability in Europe.

The authors of the report stress that Washington "has forgotten" about its commitments to promoting a nation-wide constitutional process with the participation of all the political forces and regions in Ukraine enshrined in the April 17, 2014 Geneva Statement released jointly by the US, as well as the EU, Ukraine and Russia.

"In fact, the White House was directly pushing Kiev towards the suppression by force the protests in those regions of the country which have not accepted the results of the violent overthrow of the legitimate authorities," the report reads.

State coup critically damages Ukrainian economy

The survey also said the Russian-Ukrainian trade turnover volume in the new conditions has decreased by one-third to $27.9 billion.

"The armed state coup in Kiev in February 2014 has led Russian-Ukrainian relations into a deep crisis," the document says. "The radically minded nationalist forces that seized the power proclaimed the course towards Ukraine’s accelerated integration into the Euro Atlantic space and curbing the whole range of bilateral relations with Russia, by which inflicted a serious and in some aspects critical damage on the national economy."

"The operation of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission and its units has been suspended, large joint projects in the real economy sectors have been frozen," the ministry said. "Kiev’s new authorities have initiated termination of contacts with Russia in the scientific and technical, humanitarian and cultural spheres, the bilateral interregional and military-technical cooperation has also been discontinued. The volume of trade turnover between the two countries has decreased by one-third (to $27.9 billion).".

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