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.
Western partners should not interfere in Ukrainian internal affairs but use contacts with various political forces in that country for peacemaking, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports. “A mutual profound concern has been expressed regarding the fact that processes are not always constructive,” Lavrov said after negotiations with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.
“We reaffirmed our principled position of non-interference in Ukrainian internal affairs and we expect everyone to stick to a similar logic and use contacts with various political forces in Ukraine for the promotion of peace,” he continued.
One should not try “to gain some timeserving unilateral advantages at a stage when a national dialogue and the return of the entire situation into the legal field are required,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has cautioned the West against attempts to impose some drastic choice on Ukraine, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
“Attempting to impose some “with us or against us” choice on Ukraine is counterproductive,” Lavrov said at a press conference after negotiations with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.
“We are interested in Ukraine being a member of the common European family in every sense of the word,” he said.
The decision to hold early presidential elections in Ukraine in May 2014 disagrees with the crisis settlement deal, which says a constitutional reform should go first, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
“The agreement of February 21 stipulates the holding of a [constitutional] reform before September and only after that, when a premise has been emphasized, the presidential election shall be held. So far, we have heard the decision of those in the Verkhovna Rada to hold the presidential election on May 21. This is a deviation from the agreement,” Lavrov said at a press conference after negotiations with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.
A ban on Russian media broadcasts on Ukraine’s national frequencies, should it be introduced, will be a serious violation of human rights, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
“We are aware of proposals to prohibit broadcasts in Ukraine by companies of countries that are not signatories to the European Broadcasting Convention. Russia is not a signatory to this convention, but this circumstance has not stopped us from broadcasting across Europe. Such broadcasts have not encountered any problems in any country of the European Union,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.
“If such a decision is adopted in Ukraine, it will be serious violation of the freedom of speech,” he added.
The Ukrainian situation can stabilize only if Russia and the European Union cooperate closely, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said, the Voice of Russia correspondent reports.
Asselborn told a press conference after negotiating with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that he personally and the European Union as a whole were confident that close cooperation between the EU and Russia was the only way to achieve normalization and stability in Ukraine.
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has criticized the abolition of Ukraine’s language law, which made Russian an official language in Ukraine, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
“A democratic state needs to respect the languages used by its people. And I totally agree with those who say that if a law restricting the use of [ethnic minority] languages has been passed, it is a step in the wrong direction,” Asselborn said at a press conference after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday.
A democratic country ought to observe media freedoms as well, he added.
Ukraine is on the brink of a financial meltdown and Russia should join the international campaign for financial assistance to this country, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
He said after negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that the matter concerned the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, other countries and organizations but they also thought that Russia should join that consortium for helping Ukraine’s economic and financial advancement.
The Luxembourg minister said they realized that Ukraine was very close to a financial disaster.
It would be ideal to create a group of states for rendering assistance to Ukraine and Russia should also make a contribution, he said. In the opinion of the minister, there is a need for very active cooperation between Russia and Ukraine and other international organizations.
As of now, Ukraine needs 25 billion euro, the minister recalled.
The European Union has not ruled out its contribution to financial and economic assistance that may be extended to Ukraine after a new government is formed in the country, saying that it relies on cooperation with Russia on this issue, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
Consultations on this matter are currently under way in different capitals of the European Union, the head of the EU Delegation to Russia, Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas, told reporters in Moscow.
The EU will be ready to grant financial assistance to Ukraine as soon as a new government appears in the country and as soon as this government formulates a viable program needed to stabilize Ukraine’s economy and market, he said.
The EU will be prepared to do so using the financial instruments with which it has been working, including the International Monetary Fund, Usackas said.
Hopefully, the EU and Russia would be able to work together on this issue, he added.