26 February 2014, 18:06

Moscow concerned with Ukrainian extremists' policy of all-permissiveness - Russian FM

Moscow concerned with Ukrainian extremists' policy of all-permissiveness - Russian FM

Moscow is warning against further degradation of the situation in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. On Wednesday Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with British Ambassador to Russia Tim Barrow, the ministry said on its website.

"The Russian side expressed concern over the radical actions of the Ukrainian opposition reluctant to abide by the February 21 agreements reached with direct involvement of Western representatives," the statement said. "It is necessary to show maximum responsibility and to prevent further degradation of the situation, return it to a legal field, and to stop the national-radicals who set their sights on power," the Foreign Ministry said.

Russia calls on OSCE to condemn "neo-fascist" sentiment in West Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on democracy watchdog, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on Wednesday to "decisively condemn" the rise of "nationalist and neo-fascist" sentiment in western Ukraine. In a foreign ministry statement, Lavrov also said the OSCE should condemn attempts by nationalists to ban the Russian language in Ukraine.

"Lavrov called on the OSCE to decisively condemn the rise of nationalist and neo-fascist sentiment in the west of the country, (to condemn) calls to ban the Russian language, to turn the Russian-speaking population into 'non-citizens' and to restrict freedom of expression," the ministry said in a statement.

Any forms of assistance to Ukraine should be rendered at legitimate Ukrainian authorities' request - Lavrov

Any forms of assistance to Ukraine, including from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), should be rendered at the request of this country's legitimate authorities and with respect for its sovereignty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.

"It has been emphasized that any forms of assistance, including from the OSCE, should be rendered at a request from the legitimate Ukrainian authorities and with unconditional respect for Ukraine's sovereignty," the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Lavrov as saying at the meeting in a statement summing up its outcomes.

Moscow to present video proving extremists responsbile for Ukraine unrest

Moscow is soon going to provide video evidence to the EU and OSCE proving that extremists provoked unrest in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has stated on its Facebook account. "The Western media prefer not to talk about the riots for what they really were, demonstrations arranged by extremist groups. Perhaps the leaders of the European institutions do not know about the actions of these extremists who were disguised as civilians," the statement reads.

"We are most deeply concerned about what is happening in Ukraine. We are startled to hear that some Western countries misinterpret the events, trying to influence the situation," the Ministry said.

Voice of Russia, Reuters, Interfax


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