Russian FM Lavrov accuses Europe of inciting violence in Ukraine

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Moscow cannot see why prominent European politicians choose not to denounce the seizure of administration buildings in Ukraine and attacks on police officers, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said when addressing the Munich Security Conference earlier this Saturday.

"Why is no one condemning those who seize administration buildings, attack policemen and chant racist and anti-Semitic slogans? Why are prominent European politicians actually encouraging the moves in question, although in their own countries they immediately clamp down on any encroachments on the letter of the law?", Lavrov said.

"How would the European Union react if the Russian government openly supported street riots in London, Paris or Hamburg, and sent its ministers to these cities to encourage the protesters?" he asked.

According to Lavrov, what we must discuss today is not another division into spheres of influence, but "ways for European countries to get a competitive edge in the current highly competitive world."


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