quarta-feira, 16 de abril de 2014

Ukraine: arm wrestling between Kiev and Moscow

The negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, should be very strained.

Pró-russos rebels and Ukrainian armed forces maintain a hard iron arm in Eastern Ukraine and Arseny Yatseniuk is quite tough on the accusations directed to Moscow.

"From what I see the Russian Federation has a new product for export. Besides oil and gas, Russia began to export terrorism to the Ukraine. The Russian Government must immediately remove their reconnaissance units and sabotage, condemn terrorists and require the evacuation of buildings of local governments, '' said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Far away, in Vietnam where he went on an official visit, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, opts for a less harsh stance:

"We will make it easier for the Government to see Kiev with respect the opinions and requirements of Ukrainian citizens who live in the Southeast and to adhere without delay to the negotiations to calm the situation, not inflame it with the use of security bodies, particularly the army, which is explicitly forbidden by Ukrainian law."

Moscow denies the charges, arguing that Ukrainian pro-European authorities of Kiev led the country "on the brink of civil war".

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