Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine
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MOSCOW, March 21 (RIA Novosti) – The ongoing “rule of radicals, militants and bandits” may result in the collapse of the Ukrainian state, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote in his Facebook page on Friday.
The Russian premier wrote in his Facebook blog that the new authorities in Kiev “lack due legitimacy and, worse, are practically unable to leverage situation in the country.”
“The power in the hands of various radicals, militants and bandits. They have the final say, and, most likely, they will continue having it after the May 25 [elections]. There’s no reason for them to share power with others. A government of this kind inevitably results in a collapse of a state,” he wrote.
Although Medvedev criticized Viktor Yanukovych for “political powerlessness, weak personality and inaction” that led to the overthrow of his government, he said that the fugitive president remains the only legitimate head of state.
Relations between Russia and Ukraine plunged to unprecedented lows after the ouster of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s decision to reunify with Crimea.
Leaders in the predominantly Russian-ethnic republic refused to recognize the legitimacy of the government in Kiev that came to power amid often violent protests last month, instead seeking reunification with Russia.
“The peoples of Crimea (Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars) have expressed their stance in a popular vote. The referendum and the decisions made are now history. We should think of what to do next,” Medvedev wrote.
The clash over Crimea became the greatest geopolitical showdown between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.
The US and EU announced asset freezes and travel bans targeting a number of Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday, following Crimea’s referendum and reunification.
Medvedev said the West should make efforts to build fair and balanced relations with Russia rather than make futile attempts to punish it.
Commenting on the current standoff between Russia and the West, Medvedev compared it with the 2008 crisis over Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
He said tough decisions had to be made at the time but the future developments clearly showed that “it was the only way out.”
“I hope that the reason will prevail again. Russia will never succumb to punishment. But relations with Russia could be built in a correct way,” Medvedev wrote.
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- stpetersburgThe European Federation and European Union01:45, 22/03/2014When the 17 members of Euro Zone become members of the European Federation there will be 11 outside the club many of them members who joined in 2004
What if Russian Federation joined the European Union that would mean there is only 13 members in the EU including Ukraine
If a referendum was held in Russia to join the European Union but not the European Federation be a intresting result and its more than the people of Ukraine were asked and Russia is a member of Council of Europe and use Euro as reserve currency
- R.Deus-von HomeyerRE:WHY MEDVEDEV IS BOTHERING SOOOOOOOOO MUCH ABOUT UKRAINA?22:07, 22/03/2014ukraina is NOT Russia...Medvedev should bother about the dommestic affairs of russia.
- Wolfgang9And what are you bothering here14:48, 23/03/2014as a Bulgarian living in Germany with bad English grammar? Naturally, Medvedjev is concerned about Russians living in the Ukraine. And that is good so, it shows that he cares! It would be great if German politicians would bother more about the interest of German people than the interest of US and NATO Politicians. Then such politicians like Steinmeier(the PhD thesis cheater who copied more than on 50 pages from other publication without citing) wouldn't be in German government! And that would be good too!
- onahlarkha ha Rosie,18:04, 23/03/2014don't you pay that twit Wolfgang9 no never mind. He only wishes that he had the credit hours of a JD. That way his life would have, at least, some substantive meaning.
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