MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – The United States and European Union have attempted to stage yet another “color revolution” in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
“The United States and the European Union, let’s call things as they are, attempted to create yet another ‘color revolution’ in Ukraine by holding an operation on an unconstitutional regime change,” Lavrov told the Global University Forum 2014.
“Few serious analysts doubt that it is not only about the fate of Ukraine but that Ukraine was just used and continues being used as a piece in a geopolitical game,” the minister said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month it was necessary to analyze the events in Ukraine and all "color revolutions" in order to protect citizens from terrorist elements and individuals with extreme views.
Russia has described the February uprising in Kiev as an illegitimate fascist coup, which resulted in Moscow taking steps to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Lavrov earlier railed against attempts to justify the actions of the neo-Nazis and their accomplices.
The “color revolutions” were a series regime changes caused by protests in several post-Soviet republics, including the Rose Revolution in Georgia in 2003 and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004. A more violent Tulip Revolution took place in Kyrgyzstan in 2005.