Russian PM Medvedev warns Ukraine's new leaders they won't last

MOSCOW Sun Mar 2, 2014 4:14pm EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook on Sunday that Ukraine's leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with "a new revolution" and new bloodshed.

Medvedev said that, while Viktor Yanukovich had practically no authority, he remained the legitimate head of state according the constitution, adding: "If he is guilty before Ukraine - hold an impeachment procedure ... and try him."

"Everything else is lawlessness. The seizure of power," Medvedev said on his Facebook page. "And that means such order will be extremely unstable. It will end in a new revolution. New bloodshed."

The remarks were part of a series of Russian statements attacking the legitimacy of the pro-Western government that has been formed since Yanukovich fled Kiev more than a week ago. He surfaced on Friday in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin obtained consent from the Kremlin-controlled parliament on Saturday to send the Russian military into Ukraine if he wishes, citing the need to protect Russian citizens and Russian-speakers in the neighboring state.

"Russia is ready to develop multi-faceted, respectful relations with brotherly Ukraine - mutually beneficial and effective relations," Medvedev said.

"But Ukraine for us is not a group of people who, pouring blood on the Maidan (Kiev's main square), seized power in violation of the constitution and other state laws."

"Russia needs a strong and stable Ukraine. A predictable and economically thriving partner," Medvedev said. "Not a poor relation that's always standing with a hand held out."

Russia promised heavily indebted Ukraine a $15 billion bailout after Yanukovich turned his back on deals with the European Union and instead said he would pursue closer trade ties with Russia, but suspended delivery as his grip loosened.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (18)
PaulBradley wrote:
I guess Mr. Medvedev forgot to mention that President Yanukovich fled to avoid ‘impeachment proceedings’. And, that ever since then, there is NO revolt in Kiev.

Also, Mr. Medvedev forgot to mention the upcoming (in 60 days??)elections after which either the “West” or “East” stand to be embarrassed. Is that what Medvedev and Putin are worried about – The outcome???

He also forgot to mention the missing 36 billion from the Ukrainian books and the unfathomable speed in enrichment of some of the highly positioned politicians in the Ukrainian previous government, including the chief prosecutor and the president.

Mr. Medvedev is talking from a PREARRANGED political position. How can one trust his rhetoric? He is just Putin’s puppet . . . and always was. Just wonder if Putin also shared with him the ‘zillions’ that he amassed throughout his years in power.

He is a phony as all of the politicians are – in the “West” or the “East”.

Mar 02, 2014 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ronryegadfly wrote:
The United Nations should send peace keeping forces into Ukraine. If Russia objects, the world will see Russia’s true intentions and should kick Russia out of the UN.

Mar 02, 2014 5:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Zymbat wrote:
Yanukovich ran to Russia, how are they going to impeach someone not available to stand trial?

Also, Medvedev appears to be blaming the protesters in Kiev of killing themselves? So they gathered in the square, to kill themselves? Wow, how does that make sense, who believes these guys?

Mar 02, 2014 5:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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