Russia’s foreign minister on Thursday harshly criticized the reaction of some countries in the European Union to Ukraine’s decision to suspend landmark deals with the bloc, informs RIA Novosti.
“This situation is connected with a hysteria that some Europeans have conjured over the fact that Ukraine, while utilizing its own sovereign rights, decided at this stage not to sign a certain agreement that Ukrainian experts and authorities deemed disadvantageous,” Sergei Lavrov told journalists.
Lavrov, on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said it was up to Ukraine to decide whether to sign the respective association and free-trade deals with the EU.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Ukraine to demand the resignation of the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, and his cabinet of ministers for their failure to sign the deals and instead opt for strengthening economic ties with Moscow.
Ukrainian officials and the EU have accused Russia of pressuring Kiev not to sign the deals. Moscow has vehemently denied using trade embargoes and gas deliveries as a form of intimidation against Ukraine, saying it is only taking measures to protect its own economy.
Prosecutor of ATO forces charged with illicit enrichment
Crimea-SOS announces rally in support of kidnapped in Crimea
Scary and amazing, leading to the world of the unconscious: exhibition of masks
Italy hinders introduction of new sanctions against Russia
Incidence of tuberculosis in Crimea is higher than in Russia
Umerov received 2 examination results from FSB
Putin feared to see NATO ships in Sevastopol
Russia refused to return control of Debaltsevo to Ukraine
Ships of Russian Navy are heading to Scotland
Collection of unique documents on Crimea presented in Kiev
Anti-terrorist exercises launched in Krasnogvardeiskoe
Sanctions against RF for annexation of Crimea may increase
What threatens Sevastopol with new public vehicles on routes
Poroshenko reminds Putin about Ukrainian hostages
Kiev bridges across the Dnipro
Coach Myron Markevich came under fire in Maryinka
AGROPORT starts its work in Kharkiv
Family of human rights defender Emir Usein Kuku persecuted
Yesterday, RF violated Ukrainian airspace 40 times
"Crimean Word" - a source of truth in occupied Crimea
ISIL leaders are leaving Mosul
Another searches conducted in Bakhchysarai
Rested abroad - pay tax!
Ilmi Umerov was summoned to FSB for questioning
Cabinet plans to reduce price of medicines