The United States has failed to come up with reasonable explanations about the late Saturday emergency visit of CIA Director John O. Brennan to Kiev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. “We would like to understand what reports about the CIA Director Mr. Brennan’s urgent trip to Kiev could mean. We have not received any reasonable explanation so far,” Lavrov told reporters.
Earlier, a source close the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told the RIA Novosti news agency that Brennan had arrived in Kiev on Saturday night and met with Interior Ministry and Security Service officials hours before the authorities announced the beginning of a special operation against federalization supporters in eastern Ukraine.
Viktor Yanukovych, who considers himself the legitimate president of Ukraine, made a statement on Sunday, in which he pointed out that the counter-protest operation in the east of the country had been preceded by a meeting between Brennan and law enforcement officials in Kiev.