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Russia blames Ukraine's "radicals" for negating peace deal

English.news.cn   2014-02-26 23:09:11

MOSCOW, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Russia is concerned with the Ukrainian opposition's reluctance to abide by the agreement signed with the government, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

"The Russian side expressed concern over the radical actions of the Ukrainian opposition, which is reluctant to abide by the Feb. 21 agreements reached with direct involvement of Western representatives," the ministry said in a statement following a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and British Ambassador to Russia Tim Barrow.

It was necessary to show maximum responsibility to prevent further degradation of the situation, to return it to a legal basis and to stop the radicals who set their sights on power, the ministry said.

The ministry also blamed Ukrainian extremists for their "excesses" and for enforcing their order on the country, including in the spiritual sphere.

"This is highly dangerous and threatens new convulsions and provokes an even deeper chasm in Ukrainian society," the ministry said.

More than 80 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured during anti-government protests, which began in November to back the country's European integration and which turned violent on Feb. 18.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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