Russian FM Lavrov urges US to ‘act responsibly’ on Ukraine

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT TV channel he expected the US to give top priority to reconciliation of the Ukrainian people, rather than to blindly pursue its strategic interests in the region. “I do hope very much that they will act responsibly and they will think not of their geopolitical interests, their unilateral interests, but they will think about the future of Ukraine, which is our biggest neighbor, the closest neighbor, the people of which are brothers and sisters to the Russian Federation population,” Lavrov said in English.

The Russian foreign policy chief slammed Washington for their continued attempts to derail negotiations with added prerequisites.

“Every time we sign a deal the Americans start to put the blame for any delay on others or, even worse, they start to throw in new demands which absolutely contradict the reached consensus. That’s what they are doing now with the Geneva agreement on Ukraine,” he noted.

Accords on the Ukrainian crisis resolution were reached in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 April.

They called on the sides in the standoff to refrain from violence, extremism and provocations, disarm militants and launch a national dialog on constitutional reform.

“If we all think about Ukraine and not about who takes it, but about how Ukrainians themselves want to live, then it shouldn’t be very difficult to help the Ukrainians find the national compromise and national reconciliation,” the minister emphasized.

Right Sector still active despite Geneva deals – Russian FM

The Right Sector far-right ultranationalist Ukrainian group is still active despite agreements reached in Geneva last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

“In Geneva, [we] agreed that any violence should be stopped,” Lavrov said in an interview with RT television channel.

“However, on the next day, [Ukrainian parliament-appointed acting president Alexander] Turchynov ordered the army to shoot at unarmed people taking part in peaceful protests. In Geneva, [we] also agreed on disarmament of extremists, but the Right Sector is still rather active,” he said.

The Geneva Statement, adopted after last Thursday’s meeting on Ukraine that involved Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, in particular envisions that all illegal armed formations should be disarmed in Ukraine, all administrative buildings unblocked and all protesters except for those who committed serious crimes pardoned.

Ukraine saw a coup and new people were brought to power amid riots in February, whom Moscow does not recognize as Ukraine’s legitimate leaders.

The crisis deteriorated when Crimea, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the self-proclaimed Ukrainian leaders and reunified with Russia on March 18 after a referendum two days earlier in which it overwhelmingly voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

After Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, protests against the new Kiev authorities erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking southeastern regions, with demonstrators seizing some government buildings and demanding referendums on the country’s federalization.

Reports on US weapons in Ukraine should be investigated – Lavrov

Reports on finding weapons produced in the United States in Ukraine should be investigated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Storehouses with ammunition and weapons, produced in the US and found in Ukraine, were shown on television several days ago and Moscow would like this to be investigated, Lavrov said in an interview with the RT TV channel.

Reports came on finding several hundred employees of the Greystone private military organization, who arrived in Ukraine from the US, and several reports came that foreigners were involved in some incidents – this should be investigated as well, the minister said.

Moscow has raised these issues with the US authorities, who say that they are not aware of this and that they got in touch with Greystone, which denied this, Lavrov said.

However, Moscow would like to be certain who does what because, if I am to speak in diplomatic language, too many distortions of reality have occurred, the minister said.

The US circulates fake photographs, which allegedly confirm Russia’s involvement in the events in Ukraine, Lavrov said.

The only concrete thing and the only reference Americans made along with fake computer images they circulate everywhere is the fact that people used Russian weapons, the minister said.

However everyone uses Russian light weapons and this is not reprehensible, Lavrov said.

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