Russia brands Kiev`s new leaders mutineers

Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 23:36

Moscow: Moscow on Monday questioned the legitimacy of Kiev`s new leadership, accusing them of leading an `armed mutiny` in Ukraine and revealing anti-Russian tendencies in the former Soviet republic.

In the strongest reaction yet from Moscow to the transfer of power from Ukraine`s disappeared President Viktor Yanukovych to the overwhelmingly pro-European opposition, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow cannot negotiate with rebels who "carry Kalashnikovs".
He said that Western countries who think otherwise must be deluded.
"Strictly speaking, there is no one for us to communicate with there today," he told Russian news agencies.

To think the new leadership has legitimacy is "some kind of an aberration of perception when people call legitimate what is essentially the result of an armed mutiny," he added.

The Russian foreign ministry issued an even more hostile statement, saying that the Ukrainian parliament has "set a course to suppress those who do not agree in various regions of Ukraine using dictatorial and sometimes even terrorist methods".
"Militants are not disarmed, they refuse to leave the streets that they de-facto control, to go out of administrative buildings, they continue acts of violence," the ministry said.

It also accused "western partners" of a hidden agenda in Kiev, saying: "We see in the position of some of our western partners not concern for the fate of Ukraine but a one-sided geopolitical calculation."

AFP

First Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 23:36

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