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Russia's Lavrov Calls US Interference in Ukrainian Internal Affairs 'Inappropriate'

© Sputnik / Maksim Blinov / Go to the photo bankRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it is inappropriate to dictate the conflicting sides how to implement ceasefire agreements.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it is inappropriate to dictate the conflicting sides how to implement ceasefire agreements. - Sputnik International
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Events in Ukraine are an internal affair of that country, and it is inappropriate to dictate the conflicting sides how to implement ceasefire agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Updated 09:24 p.m. Moscow Time

MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) - Events in Ukraine are an internal affair of that country, and it is inappropriate to dictate the conflicting sides how to implement ceasefire agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Kiev authorities and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine signed on September 5 a ceasefire agreement (the Minsk Protocol) in the Belorussian capital, Minsk, and on September 19 supplemented the document with its detailed implementation plan (the Minsk Memorandum).

"The Ukrainians met in Minsk several times. They signed two documents there, while representatives from Russia and the OSCE have helped them to establish dialogue," Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly session.

The minister stressed that the events in Ukraine were not "a problem of US concern, but the problem only Ukrainians should be dealing with."

"It's all written on paper - in the protocol and in the memorandum - they should be respected and implemented. The Ukrainians have reached agreements between themselves, and dictating them how to implement these agreements is, probably, inappropriate," Lavrov said.

Earlier in the day, US President Barack Obama in his address to the UN General Assembly once again accused Russia of providing eastern Ukraine militia with military assistance and illegally "annexing" Crimea.

Moscow's repeated denial of the claims was totally ignored by the West. Instead, the United States and its allies imposed several rounds of sanctions against the country.

In his Wednesday address the US leader claimed the restrictive measures would be lifted once Russia chose a peaceful course in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Moscow played a vital role in the de-escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a peace plan to resolve the conflict two days before Kiev and the eastern regions of Ukraine reached a ceasefire agreement on September 5 in Minsk.

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