MOSCOW, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Russia is prepared to develop ties with Ukraine but not with those who breached the constitution to seize power, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
In a late Sunday night update of his Facebook account, Medvedev said Russia is ready to forge "comprehensive, respectful" relations with Ukraine, a brotherly country.
But to Russia Ukraine is not just "a group of people who, upon spilling blood at Maidan, seized power in violation of the constitution and other laws of the state," Medvedev noted.
Russia perceives Ukraine "as a country inhabited by diverse people. Ukrainians, Russians, Tatars, Jews, and people of other nationalities living in accord," he wrote.
Meanwhile, though the ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, is "almost negligible," he remains the legitimate head of state under the constitution of Ukraine, said the Russian prime minister.
If Yanukovych is guilty, a procedure of impeachment should be carried out in accordance with Ukraine's constitution. All the rest is arbitrariness, Medvedev said, warning that the seizure of power means "such a procedure will be utterly unstable and will end with a new revolution, and a new bloodshed."
Russia needs a strong and stable Ukraine as a predictable and economically reliable partner, not "a poor relative who keeps begging with an outstretched hand," Medvedev wrote.
Russia's parliament on Saturday authorized President Vladimir Putin to use military force to protect Russia's interests in Ukraine.
Putin has told world leaders that Russia could not stay aside if violent actions were taken against Russian-speakers in eastern Ukrainian regions and Crimea. Yet he also stressed that further escalation of the crisis in Ukraine should be averted.
Merkel criticizes Putin for violating international law
BERLIN, March 2 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for violating international law with what she called "unacceptable Russian intervention" in Crimean.
Merkel made the remarks in a phone call with Putin, according to a statement released by Georg Streiter, a deputy spokesman of the German government. Full story
G7 leaders condemn Russia's "clear violation" of Ukrainian sovereignty
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations on Sunday denounced what they called Russia's "clear violation" of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In a joint statement released by the White House, the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, along with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, also announced their suspension of preparations for the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit in the Russian resort city of Sochi. Full story
Cameron, Obama agree on "urgent need" for de-escalation: spokesperson
LONDON, March. 2 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and American President Barack Obama on Sunday "agreed on the urgent need for de-escalation and for Russia to engage in a dialogue directly with Ukraine" in a phone call, a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement.
"They agreed that Russia's actions were completely unacceptable," the spokesperson said, adding that the two leaders spoke over phone at 9:00 p.m. Sunday. Full story
Pentagon chief calls for diplomatic approach on "dangerous situation" in Ukraine
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday called for a diplomatic approach to resolve what he described as a "dangerous situation" in Ukraine.
The Pentagon chief emphasized that diplomacy would be the appropriate path to support Ukraine, which he called a sovereign, independent nation. Full story
Obama, European leaders urges dialogue between Russia, Ukraine
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S., British, Polish and German leaders on Sunday expressed "grave concern" over what they called Russia's "clear violation" of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, calling for an immediate dialogue between the two neighbors, the White House said.
U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the situation in Ukraine in separate phone talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Full story
Merkel accuses Russia of violating international law
BERLIN, March 2 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia broke international law with its intervention in Crimea, a deputy spokesman of German government said.
Merkel said in a phone call with Putin that Russia has violated the international law with the "unacceptable Russian intervention" in Crimea, deputy spokesman Georg Streiter said in a statement. Full story