BEIJING, February 2 (TSR-TASS) – The statement of US President Barack Obama on the United States role in “brokering power transition” in Ukraine confirms that Washington was involved in the February state coup, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
Speaking about Obama’s interview with CNN on Sunday, Lavrov said the US leader confirmed that the US has been “since the very beginning involved in an anti-governmental coup which Obama called neutrally a “power transition.”
“The rhetoric that sounded in the interview speaks about Washington’s intention to further do everything to implicitly support the actions of the current Kiev authorities which have apparently taken the course towards suppressing the conflict by force only,” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister said Europe also shares the assessment that there is a need to establish a direct dialogue between the Kiev authorities and the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics
However, Lavrov said this effort has encountered attempts to disrupt the negotiation process.
“But I’m convinced that everyone who sincerely wishes peace to the Ukrainian people, and Russia is definitely among these countries like as I understand are Germany, France and other Europeans, and the OSCE, then we need to continue this effort and do everything so that the direct dialogue is launched and should bring the results,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov noted that while the Western partners call for a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition across the world, including in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan, Ukraine remains an exception.
“In regard to Ukraine, the Western colleagues are only speaking about that the main issue is to provide every support to the actions of Kiev,” Lavrov said, adding that Kiev’s evident wrongful actions are not being criticized.
“We support a direct dialogue and will be actively involved in it as a party that contributes to the work of the Contact Group. And simply as Ukraine’s neighbor, we have been doing a lot to support its economy,” he said.