MOSCOW, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Moscow said Thursday that NATO took the roles of a referee and a court-marshal in Kosovo and Libya, while turning a blind eye on extremist forces in Ukraine.
"In recent months, we have not heard from NATO Secretary General (Anders Fogh Rasmussen) any constructive agenda or care about sooner normalization of situation in Ukraine," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, blaming Rasmussen for his "active employment of double standards."
NATO attempts to use the crisis in Ukraine to "close ranks" within the bloc, which, in its view, allegedly faces threat from Russia, said the statement.
NATO accents "increasing militarization of Russia" to prove the bloc is still needed in the 21st century, it added.
Russia said it was not surprised by NATO's attempt to represent itself as an "elite club" bearing some special political legitimacy and ignoring international institutions, including the U.N. Security Council.
Earlier this month, Rasmussen highlighted the alliance's steadfast commitment to collective defense and decided to suspend all civilian and military cooperation with Russia.
Kerry accuses Russia of creating chaos in eastern Ukraine
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accused Russian agents of stirring unrest in eastern Ukraine that could be used as a pretext for military intervention.
"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary engaged in this initiative," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Full story
Pro-Russian activists in Ukraine's Donetsk declare independence
KIEV, April 7 (Xinhua) -- A group of pro-Russian activists, which had seized government buildings in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, proclaimed the region's independence from Kiev on Monday, local media reported.
The protesters announced the creation of People's Republic of Donetsk and set a referendum for May 11 to validate the decision. Full story