Russia says West to blame for worsening situation in Ukraine

MOSCOW Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:40am EST

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MOSCOW Feb 18 (Reuters) - Russia blamed the West on Tuesday for an escalation of tension in Ukraine, saying it was a "direct result of connivance by Western politicians and European structures that have shut their eyes ... on the aggressive actions of radical forces".

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on the Ukrainian opposition to "refrain from threats and ultimatums and establish a substantive dialogue with the authorities with the aim of extricating the country from deep crisis." (Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Steve Gutterman)

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